Rep. John “Jack” Murtha: 1932 – 2010

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February 8, 2010: Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) passed away this afternoon at the age of 77. First elected to office in 1974, he was the longest serving Member of Congress in Pennsylvania. Murtha, who served for 37 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, was also the first Vietnam Veteran elected to Congress.

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The 17th annual Scripps Howard Celebrity Super Bowl Poll awarded its Super Sage Award to the Pennsylvania Congressman. Murtha shows off his trophy.

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July 20, 2006: Murtha and Tim Roemer, the president of the Center for National Policy. The Pennsylvania Representative was presented with the Edmund Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award for his “lifetime of patriotic service to the nation.”

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Murtha visits Marine troops in New River, NC on August 12, 2009.

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On a tour led by Democratic congressional candidate Linda Stender, Murtha eyes the ceiling of the New Jersey State Capitol building. The two had just finished a press conference in Trenton, NJ on October 13, 2006.

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Murtha jokes with House Appropriation Committee chair Rep. David Obey (D-WI) on April 23, 2007.

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Throughout his Congressional career, Murtha has received repeated scrutiny for potential ethics violations and corruption charges. A bulk of the accusations leveled at Murtha involve his proximity to military contractors.

Murtha served as a Marine during the Vietnam War. Above, Murtha chats by a U.S. Army missile with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) and Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA).

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On November 12, 2004, Murtha places a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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