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Former House Speaker Tom Foley has died at the age of 84 in his home.

    Foley's wife, Heather, says the Washington state Democrat died of complications from a stroke at his home in the nation's capital.

    Foley served 30 years in the House including more than five as speaker.

    The courtly politician lost his seat in the ``Republican Revolution'' of 1994, becoming the first speaker since the Civil War to fail to win re-election in his home district. The Democrat had never served a single day in the minority. He was defeated by Republican Spokane lawyer George Nethercutt.

    Foley served as U.S. ambassador to Japan for four years during the Clinton administration.  (Associated Press)