Obama orders flags lowered nationwide Tuesday for Tom Foley

President Obama has ordered that all U.S. flags fly at half-staff Tuesday in honor of the late House speaker Tom Foley.

The order comes as Obama, former president Bill Clinton and top congressional leaders plan to honor Foley Tuesday afternoon at a memorial service at the U.S. Capitol.

Foley served as House speaker from 1989 to 1995. In 1994 he became the first speaker in more than a century to be defeated in the race for reelection to his congressional seat.

His defeat after 30 years in Congress was perhaps the biggest GOP victory in that year's "Republican Revolution," which returned Republicans to power and installed Newt Gingrich as speaker.

Foley died Oct. 18 at age 84 after months of ill health.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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