Congressman Lantos announces he has cancer,
will not seek re-election
Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo) announced today he will not
seek re-election after being diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus.
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By Laura Dudnick
January 2, 2008
After nearly three decades in Congress, Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San
Mateo, announced today that due to his recent diagnosis of cancer
of the esophagus, he will not seek re-election.
Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor to be elected to Congress,
is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government
Reform and the founding co-chairman of the 24-year-old Congressional
Human Rights Caucus.
"Throughout my adult life I have sought to be a voice for
human rights, civil liberties and social justice ... I will never
be able to express fully my profoundly felt gratitude to this
great country," Lantos said of his time in Congress.
Lantos was diagnosed with esophagus cancer in mid-December and
is considering a variety of treatments including chemotherapy
and radiation, according to his spokeswoman Lynne Weil.
"Tom is taking these developments in stride," Weil
Lantos, who turns 80 on Feb. 1, is serving his 14th term. He
expects to serve until the end of his congressional year, which
ends in December 2008.
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