Condolences to the family of Representative John Murtha. The Pennsylvania congressman died Monday after complications after surgery. He was 77.
Representative Murtha was an outspoken critic of the War on Iraq.
Murtha was initially hospitalized in December and had to postpone a hearing with Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the administration's strategy in Afghanistan. The congressman returned to work after a few days in the hospital and helped oversee final passage of the 2010 defense appropriations bill.
Murtha had represented Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District since 1974, making him the chamber's eighth most senior member. According to his biography on the House of Representatives Web site, Murtha was the first Vietnam War combat veteran elected to Congress.
Murtha got a 70 on HRC's latest Congressional Scorecard.