Schwarzenneger declares special election
for Lantos' seat
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
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By Caitlin Cassady
February 13, 2008
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring
that a special election will be held June 3 to elect a congressional
representative to fill the seat left vacant after Congressman
Tom Lantos' death Monday.
June 3 is the statewide direct primary election, according to
the San Mateo County Elections Office.
early Monday morning at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland
due to complications from cancer.
The 80-year-old congressman, who was diagnosed with esophageal
cancer in late December, announced he would not seek re-election
to the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 2, but had committed
to serving the rest of his 14th term through December, spokeswoman
Lynne Weil said. Before his death Lantos had endorsed former state
Sen. Jackie Speier as the candidate for his congressional seat.
Lantos, D-San Mateo/San Francisco, was the only Holocaust survivor
to be elected to Congress and served as a senior member of the
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was the
founding co-chairman of the 24-year-old Congressional Human Rights
Caucus, and was elected chairman of the House Committee on Foreign
Affairs in January 2007, according to Weil.
He leaves behind his wife, two daughters, 18 grandchildren and
A public memorial service will be held Thursday for Lantos at
Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., according