Influential La. lobbyist Tommy Boggs dies
NEW ORLEANS - Well-known Washington D. C. lobbyist and Louisiana native Tommy Boggs Jr. has died. He was 73 years old.
Boggs' sister said he died of a heart attack Monday.
The New Orleans native was the son of Thomas Hale Boggs, a U. S. Representative from Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District, and Lindy Boggs, who succeeded her husband in Congress after his death and went on to become the U. S. ambassador to the Vatican. Boggs had two sisters, TV journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts and Barbara Boggs Sigmund, who served as mayor of Princeton, N.J.
A number of political leaders voiced sympathies at Boggs' passing, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
"Tom Boggs was an institution in this city," Reid said in the Senate Monday, "and I extend my sympathy to the entire family and want them to know that our country and Washington is a much better place because of Tommy Boggs passing through here."
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) currently holds the seat that Boggs' father did, and also expressed condolences Tuesday.
""Tommy's ambition and business acumen were only matched by his kindness and generosity," he said. "The contributions of the Boggs family to Louisiana cannot be overstated, and Tommy was no exception. The legacy he has built will live on for generations to come."
Boggs, a Democrat, began as a lawyer in New Orleans before moving his practice to Washington D. C. to become a lobbyist. He was named one of the most influential lawyers in the nation by the The National Law Journal.
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