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Tom Foley honored in House chamber

Two "quiet" tributes are underway to the late former House speaker Thomas S. Foley (D-Wash.), who died last week.

The speaker's chair is draped in black and a gavel rests on a black pillow in the House chamber in honor of the late former speaker Tom Foley (D-Wash.). (Office of House Speaker John A. Boehner)

Following House tradition, the speaker's chair on the rostrum has been draped in black, while the gavel is resting on a black pillow. The black drape and pillowed gavel are removed when the House comes into session, but the tribute will continue until a memorial service is held in Foley's honor.

Outside the House chamber, Foley's official portrait hanging in the Speaker's Lobby has been draped in black and will remain so for the same period of time.

The official portrait of late former House speaker Tom Foley (D-Wash.) is draped in black in the Speaker's Lobby. (Office of House Speaker John A. Boehner)

The office of Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) announced what it called the customary and "quiet" tributes to Foley on Tuesday and provided the photos seen here.

Foley, 84, died last week at his home in Washington of complications from strokes.

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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