Tom Lantos

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Tom Lantos (February 1, 1928February 11, 2008) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 until his death, representing California's 12th congressional district, located in the southwest part of San Francisco and the area just south in San Mateo County. He is the chairman of the House International Relations Committee.


  • Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask for a moment of silence here in this chamber to remember our fallen colleague, my predecessor representing the San Francisco Peninsula in Congress, Leo Ryan, and to honor his work for justice and human rights.
    • "Congressman Tom Lantos' Remarks on the 25th Anniversary of the Tragedy at Jonestown and the Death of Congressman Leo Ryan," United States Congressional Record (2003-11-17

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