Obit

Former Rep. Rostenkowski Dies

Another former titan of Congress has passed: Former Illinois Rep. Dan Rostenkowski died on Wednesday morning, according to NBC News. Rostenkowski served in the House from 1959 until 1995, and his stint included 11 years as the chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. His career ended, however, in ignominy when he pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud in 1996 and spent 15 months in prison. President Clinton pardoned him in 2000.