Longtime Texas congressman Jack Brooks dead at 89

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:06pm

Former Texas congressman Jack Brooks, who served in the House for more than four decades, has died.

Authorities say he died Tuesday night at a hospital in Beaumont after a sudden illness.

He died peacefully, surrounded by family, just shy of his 90-th birthday.

He was in the Dallas motorcade in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and is in the background -- right behind Jackie Kennedy-- in the iconic photo showing President Johnson take the oath of office aboard Air Force One later that day.

Brooks, a Democrat, was pro-gun rights, pro-labor, a fierce partisan and was known to stubbornly puff on cigars in non-smoking areas.



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