Foley, Thomas S.

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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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referencedIn Tony Schwartz collection, 1912-2008, 1950-2008 Recorded Sound Reference Center, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Presidential Files. 1977 - 1981. 2/3/78
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Staff Secretary. 1976 - 1981. Staff Scheduling Memoranda. 1977 - 1978. 2/1/78-2/8/78
creatorOf Foley, Thomas S. Congressional photographs, 1905-1995 1964-1994. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Arthur J. De Jong Papers, 1988-1992 Whitworth University Archives
referencedIn Kramer, John R. Papers 2007-080., [ca. 1938-2006] Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Photographs of the White House Photograph Office (Clinton Administration). 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photographs Relating to the Clinton Administration. 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photograph of President William J. Clinton Addressing a Bipartisan Leadership Meeting Regarding Somalia
referencedIn Kramer, John R., 1937-2006. Kramer, John R., Papers, [ca. 1938-2006] University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Foley, Thomas S. Congressional Papers, 1964-1997. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Dillis Charles Knapp papers, circa 1920-1981 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Thomas S. Foley Photographs, 1905-1995, 1964-1994 Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
creatorOf Foley, Thomas S. Thomas S. Foley : commercials , 1994. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
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Legislators--United States--Photographs
Legislators--Photographs
Advertising, political
Political campaigns--Photographs
Television advertising
Legislators--Archives
Foley, Thomas S.--Photographs
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Birth 1929-03-26

Death 2013-10-18

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