February 11th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Rep. Tom Lantos dies of 'complications from cancer'

 Tom Lantos represented his northern California district in the House for 14 terms.

Tom Lantos represented his northern California district in the House for 14 terms.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., died Monday due to complications from cancer, his office announced.

He was 80.

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  1. John Hummel

    All of our condolences to his family – he served his country well, and we are all lesser for his departure.

    February 11, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Matt Jennings

    My condolences to his family.

    February 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. J Sett

    My condolences go out to his family, staff and congressional district. During a summer internship I had the pleasure of meeting Congressman Lantos and I can say he was one of the nicest politicians that I have ever met. He was well respected throughout the Hill and worked tirelessly for his consitutents. Congress would much more favorbly recieved if more U.S. representatives had the character of Congressman Lantos. I am more than positive that he will be truly missed not only by democrats but by all members of the House and U.S. Senate. Rest in Peace Congressman Tom Lantos, well done.

    February 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Wayne, Greenville TX

    RIP, Tom. And thanks.

    February 11, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Bernard I. Turnoy

    The House and the nation has lost a true patriot and public servant; there are few of his ilk and fewer still able to fill his shoes.

    February 11, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We are now missing someone who would know how to lead that committee. From surviving the Holocaust to serving in Congress, he has lead a remarkable life. May he be remembered well.

    February 11, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    Rest in peace,
    you were a great man,
    thank you for your service to California, US and the world.

    February 11, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. J.Davis, ATL

    A terrific patriot who will be greatly missed.
    What happens to his super-delegate?

    February 11, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Rep. Lantos was a man of reasoning and intelligence.

    February 11, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. W B in Las Vegas

    how do you replace the Conscience ot the House? the man fought for human rights his whole political career.

    he will be missed.

    February 11, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Tanya

    Great loss! Tom Lantos was a rare politicians who will be truly and personally missed by many.

    February 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Chris

    A remarkable man with a remarkable history of helping this country. We need more like him.

    What now will happen to his super delegate endorsement of Hillary Clinton? Will we have to wait for an election in his district to put someone new into office and see who they will endorse?

    February 11, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Kris

    This is truly a sad day. Rest in Peace Sir.
    Rep.Lantos was an inspiring, genuine gentleman who overcame much to give even more.
    The animals that you so deeply loved thank you for everything that you have done on their behalf as well.

    February 11, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Sophia

    Wow....this is a serious loss.
    What a truly humble servant of this nation...
    He will be missed

    February 11, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. Christian, Tampa FL

    That's really too bad, but at least he had a full and meaningful life and provided a great service to this nation. He will be missed.

    February 11, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    We have far too many politicians and far too few statesmen, Tom Lantus was truly one of the few. He will be missed.

    February 11, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Tom , Flagstaff, AZ

    Lantos was a great American. What a life!

    February 11, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. jane

    what a sad loss of a great man 😦

    thoughts go out to his family and friends.

    god bless

    February 11, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. green

    Lantos was a Superdelegate. Who will replace him?

    February 11, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Jose

    Thanks for all the years of service to this great country. You will be missed by all of us, from the right to the left of the aisle. God Bless.

    February 11, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |

    A great loss of a true patriot. The country needs more representatives like Mr Lantos. Vish sherman

    February 11, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |