Rep. Henry J. Hyde
1924-2007

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on the death of former Committee Chairman Henry J. Hyde:

"It is with profound sadness that I receive this news. My dear friend, Henry Hyde, was a giant. His integrity, intelligence and patriotism were of towering proportions. Our deep personal friendship always transcended partisan political considerations and was reminiscent of an era of congressional collegiality. Henry's passionate commmitment to public service and to the American people will serve as a beacon for generations.

"Henry Hyde was a strong and effective chairman and deeply engaged in U.S. foreign policy. Under Henry’s leadership, Congress approved groundbreaking, bi-partisan legislation to fund the global battle against the scourge of HIV/AIDS. The U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2003 would not have happened without Henry’s strength and persistence, and it stands as a testament to his life and work. We are now in the midst of renewing the mandate of this vital legislation, and Henry's leading role in it will be very much on his colleagues' minds.

"This is but one facet of Henry Hyde's extensive foreign policy legacy. And his impact on the institution of Congress itself has been inestimable. He will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences go to Henry’s family, friends, and the constituents he served for so many years in Congress.”