Tom Foley served Eastern Washington at a time when the federal government invested aggressively in the folks back home. Congressional leaders from both parties occupied the political center and worked together on historic reforms, including civil rights, a social safety net, environmental laws, expansion of airports and interstate freeways, promotion of foreign trade and the funding of research universities.
By the time Foley left office, politics had changed. But so had the region he served. Today, the legacy of Foley’s leadership can be found all over the 5th Congressional District, and well beyond.