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Thomas "Tom" Peter Lantos

Birthplace: Budapest, Magyarország - Hungary
Death: Died in Bethesda, Montgomery County, MD, USA
Cause of death: complications from esophageal cancer
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Husband of Annette Lantos
Father of <private> Lantos and <private> Lantos

Occupation: Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives
Managed by: Shiloh Tillemann-Dick
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About Tom Lantos, U.S. Congress

Thomas Peter "Tom" Lantos (February 1, 1928 – February 11, 2008) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1981 until his death, representing the northern two-thirds of San Mateo County and a portion of southwest San Francisco. Lantos had announced in early January 2008 that he would not run for reelection because of cancer of the esophagus, but died before finishing his term. Lantos was the only Holocaust survivor to have served in the United States Congress.

In speaking before the House of Representatives after his death, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that Lantos "devoted his public life to shining a bright light on the dark corners of oppression. . . He used his powerful voice to stir the consciousness of world leaders and the public alike." U2 lead singer Bono called him a “prizefighter,” whose stamina would make him go “any amount of rounds, with anyone, anywhere, to protect human rights and common decency."

In 2008, after his death, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, which he founded in 1983, was renamed the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Its mission is partly to "to promote, defend and advocate internationally recognized human rights." In 2011, the Tom Lantos Institute was set up in Budapest to promote tolerance and support minority issues in central and eastern Europe and in the world.

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February 1, 1928
Budapest, Magyarország - Hungary
February 11, 2008
Age 80
Bethesda, Montgomery County, MD, USA