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Jack Brooks, who represented southeastern Texas in Congress for 42 years, stands at far right, behind Jacqueline Kennedy, as Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as president on Nov. 22, 1963, aboard Air Force One. Mr. Brooks, who was in the Dallas motorcade when President Kennedy was assassinated, died Dec. 4, 2012, in Beaumont, Texas, at age 89. He was a strong proponent of civil rights and government accountability. Vice President Joseph R. Biden said he was “never afraid to fight for what he believed in.” (White House via Associated Press)

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