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Subject: Margaret Heckler, Ex- Congresswoman, Diplomat, & Sec. of Health & Human Services

Dead at 87
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Date Posted: Monday, August 06, 04:40:55pm

Margaret M. Heckler, a former diplomat, US health services chief, and eight-term Massachusetts congresswoman who championed HIV awareness and women’s rights, died Monday at a Virginia hospital. She was 87.

A family statement said that she “passed away peacefully of cardiac arrest on Monday morning” surrounded by relatives at Virginia Hospital Center.

“She was an inspiration to all who knew her,” the family said, noting that she was the daughter of Irish immigrants who began her congressional career in January 1967 and served on the Committee on Veterans Affairs during her entire House tenure, helping “those who ‘had the most to lose’ while defending our country. She also served on the Banking and Agricultural Committees.”

Heckler entered the Capitol severely outnumbered by men but undaunted in her mission to advocate for women in public service, according to her family.


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