- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Thomas Foglietta, 75, former congressman

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thomas Foglietta, a South Philadelphia politician who served for 17 years in Congress and later was named U.S. ambassador to Italy, died Saturday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a hospital spokesman said. Mr. Foglietta was 75.

Mr. Foglietta had been at the hospital since Oct. 30, when he experienced breathing problems, said family members.

Mr. Foglietta was elected to the City Council when he was 26. Then a Republican, he lost a 1975 campaign to unseat Democratic Mayor Frank Rizzo.

Mr. Foglietta won election to Congress as an independent in 1980 and eventually switched to the Democratic Party. President Clinton named him ambassador to Italy in 1997, and he later returned to Philadelphia, where he worked as a lawyer and lobbyist for international clients.

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