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Jack Murtha

Jack MurthaAKA John Patrick Murtha, Jr.

Born: 17-Jun-1932
Birthplace: New Martinsville, WV
Died: 8-Feb-2010
Location of death: Arlington, VA
Cause of death: Complications of Surgery

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Pennsylvania Congressman, 1974-2010

Military service: USMC (1952-55); USMC Reserve (1966-67); USMC (1966-67)

The first Vietnam war veteran elected to Congress, he represented Pennsylvania's 12th District for more than 35 years. He was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal of 1980, and was under federal investigation at the time of his death, for his questionable relationship with the now-defunct defense lobbyist PMA Group.

Father: John P. Murtha, Sr.
Wife: Joyce Bell (m. 10-Jun-1955, 3 children)
Son: Pat
Son: John
Daughter: Donna

    High School: Ramsay High School, Mount Pleasant, PA (1950)
    University: Kiskiminetas Spring School
    University: Washington and Jefferson College
    University: BA Economics, University of Pittsburgh (1962)
    University: Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    US Congressman, Pennsylvania 12th (1974-2010)
    Pennsylvania State House of Representatives (1969-74)
    American Legion Post 294, Johnstown, PA
    Salvation Army
    Veterans of Foreign Wars
    Bronze Star with combat "V"
    International Security Leadership Award 1994
    Purple Heart twice
    Eagle Scout 1946
    Abscam Scandal no charges filed
    House Banking Scandal 10 overdrawn checks

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Author of books:
From Vietnam to 9/11: On the Front Lines of National Security (2003, with John Plashal)

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