Foley, Thomas S.

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Dates:
Birth 1929-03-26
Death 2013-10-18
English

Biographical notes:

Born in Spokane, Washington, in 1929, Thomas S. Foley was first elected to Congress in 1964. He won an additional 14 elections serving as the Democratic Majority Whip, Majority Leader, and eventually as Speaker of the House of Representatives. In 1997, he was appointed United States Ambassador to Japan.

From the description of Congressional photographs, 1905-1995 1964-1994. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 67732680

Thomas S. Foley was born at Spokane, Washington, in 1929. He practiced law and worked for the Spokane County Prosecutor from 1957 to 1961, following his education at the University of Washington. From 1961 through 1964 he was on the staff of the Interior Committee of the United States Senate, a position he was introduced to by Senator Henry Jackson. In 1964, Foley won election as the Representative for Washington's Fifth District. Between then and 1994 he won fourteen more elections, ultimately serving in Congress for thirty years. He left Congress after the election of 1994, in which he was unsuccessful. Foley became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in 1974, Majority Whip in 1981, Majority Leader in 1987 and Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1989. He also held other Democratic Party leadership posts in the party caucus and its Steering and Policy Committee. In 1997, he was appointed United States Ambassador to Japan.

From the guide to the Thomas S. Foley Photographs, 1905-1995, 1964-1994, (Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections)

Born in Spokane, Washington.

Print version of finding aid available in the library.

From the description of Congressional Papers, 1964-1997. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 40196408

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Subjects:

  • Washington (State)--Politics and government--1964-1997--Photographs
  • Legislators--United States--Photographs
  • Legislators--Photographs
  • Advertising, political
  • Political campaigns--Photographs
  • Television advertising
  • Legislators--Archives
  • Foley, Thomas S.--Photographs
  • Political leadership

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  • United States (as recorded)
  • Washington (State) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Washington (State) (as recorded)