August 11th, 2010
02:39 PM ET
4 years ago

'Rosty' Dies After Historic Political Career

 Former Illinois congressman Dan Rostenkowski has died.
Former Illinois congressman Dan Rostenkowski has died.

(CNN) – Former House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski has died at the age of 82, CNN confirmed.

"Rosty" was a fixture in Chicago politics and a dominant force on Capitol Hill for decades, representing Chicago's Northwest Side from 1959 to 1995 in a storied career that saw incredible highs and lows.

As chairman of the powerful tax-writing committee, the New Deal Democrat worked hand-in-hand with a Republican President, Ronald Reagan, to cut an historic tax reform deal in 1986 that lowered taxes and simplified the tax code.

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