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Murtha passes away

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman John P. Murtha (PA-12) passed away peacefully this afternoon at 1:18 p.m. at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., according to spokesman Matthew Mazonkey. His family was at his bedside.

Murtha, 77, was Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

Rep. Murtha at the 2009 Showcase for Commerce

A former Marine, he became the first Vietnam War combat veteran elected to the U.S. Congress in 1974. This past Saturday, February 6, 2010, Murtha became Pennsylvania’s longest serving Member of Congress.

A complete biography is available on his website.

Murtha underwent scheduled surgery last week. Murtha was also hospitalized in December with gallbladder problems.