Mostly Credited As: John Murtha
Sometimes Credited As: Jack Murtha
Birth Name: John Patrick Murtha, Jr.
Date Of Birth: June 17, 1932 (Age 77)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: New Martinsville, West Virginia
Date Of Death: February 08, 2010
Pork-barreling Democratic Congressman from Pennsylvania who emerged in 2005 as one of the leading critics of the Iraq War. Was hailed by liberals but reviled by conservatives when he referred to U.S. troops in Iraq as thugs and murderers.
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An unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam Scandal of 1979.
Close friends with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Once served in the Marines.
Upon the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives after the elections of 2006, pushed hard for the position of Majority Leader but was passed over in favor of Stenny Hoyer from Maryland.
Was one of the Congressional leaders in receiving earmarks for his district in Pennsylvania.
Accused the constituents in his Congressional district of being racists during the 2008 election but got re-elected by a wide margin anyway.
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