Former Democratic Congressman Dead at 82

( – Former Massachusetts Democratic representative William Delahunt died on March 30 in his house in Quincy at the age of 82. According to a Boston Herald report, the congressman died as a consequence of an illness he had been dealing with over the last few years. The newspaper detailed that Delahunt, who represented the state’s 10th Congressional District for nearly 15 years, died surrounded by his family and beloved ones.

In a statement, his family said that even when it was a time of mourning because of the death of such a “tremendous person,” those who knew him should celebrate a life and legacy of inspiration, service, and dedication to the state and the country. They added they wanted to thank those who gave them and Delahunt care and support during such a tragic moment.

During a 2010 interview with the Herald, the Democratic congressman told the newspaper that he decided not to run for reelection. When asked why, he said he made the decision after thinking it over for a while and that the reason behind such a move “had nothing to do with politics.”

Following his decision, some Democratic leaders such as John Kerry said they felt sad to see the congressman leaving Washington, as they claimed that Delahunt had a strong voice for his state. Some even said that his absence was going to be a difficult moment for the Democratic Party as it would be difficult to replace his presence and leadership.

In Congress, Delahunt was a delegate to the United Nations, chaired the Subcommittee on Europe, and even served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Judiciary Committee. He was also one of the leading partners at Eckert Seamans after leaving Washington.

In a statement, the law firm said Delahunt was a dear friend and a “tremendous colleague.” They added that he developed essential relationships with numerous ambassadors and world leaders during his years of service.

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