Nightly News   |  February 08, 2010

Remembering Rep. John Murtha

Rep. John Murtha, one of the most powerful members of Congress and Pennsylvania's longest-serving congressmen, died Tuesday from complications following gallbladder surgery. He was 77. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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>> thanks, tom.

>>> john murtha died today. he was one of the most powerful members of congress in the modern era . he was a retired marine officer, a democrat who was a hawk, but who went on to champion pentagon causes before he split and turned against the iraq war . murtha was the longest serving member of congress in pennsylvania history. elected back in 1974 . he was also known as the king of poor. shoveling money from congress into his pennsylvania congressional district for roads, post offices and at least one way underused airport. he died from complications following gallbladder surgery. he was 77.