Per the NYTimes:
Representative John P. Murtha, the longtime Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, has died at age 77…
A former Marine, Mr. Murtha, his office noted, was the first Vietnam War combat Veteran elected to Congress. Throughout his years, Mr. Murtha paid particular attention to defense spending and to the Pentagon and the military.
When he called for bringing the troops home from Iraq in 2005, after having voted for the war, his proposal stunned many in Congress and added a powerful voice to the growing forces demanding immediate drawdowns and or deadlines.
Just this past Saturday, Mr. Murtha became Pennsylvania’s longest serving Member of Congress.
I’m sure the 101st Chairborne are planning their ‘victory’ celebrations already. But in the real world, who’s going to take Murtha’s seat?