UPDATED 2:12 PM - Here is a video report announcing Murtha's death, and doing a brief review on his career.
Fox News is reporting that longtime Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. John Murtha has died at the age of 77, after suffering complications from a recent gallbladder surgery:
Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. John Murtha, the first veteran of the Vietnam war and one of the most powerful lawmakers in Congress, died Wednesday morning at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, after complications from gallbladder surgery. Murtha was 77.
A native of New Martinsville, W.Va., voters elected first elected Murtha to Congress in a 1974 special election that spelled impending doom for President Nixon and congressional Republicans. That fall, Democrats wrestled away 49 House seats from the GOP, reeling from the scourge of Watergate and a presidency in shambles. . . . . MORE