Tom Foley, a Spokane Democrat who rose to become speaker of the House in 1989, died Friday morning at his current home in Washington, DC. He was 84.
His wife Heather Foley told the Associated Press her husband died of complications from strokes. Foley had been in hospice care in the nation's capital for the past six months.
Foley left Congress in 1994, when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Foley was the first House speaker to be defeated in his home district since the Civil War.