Congressman Sherwood Boehlert Dies at 84 Following Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

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Congressman Sherwood Boehlert Dies at 84 Following Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

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Congressman Sherwood Boehlert of Connecticut died Thursday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

FOX’s Amanda Watts has the story in our ongoing series, “House Majority.”

I’m Amanda Watts.

Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, R-NY, died at the age of 84.

A former businessman and father of four, Senator Boehlert started his political career in 1975 as the owner of a new brewery in Albany, New York.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, and served until 1995. At the end of his tenure, the Congressman introduced the WaterShips Utica Act, which changed the way the maritime community could gain access to leases on certain federal waterways.

When he retired from Congress in 1995, Governor Mario Cuomo appointed Boehlert to chair the Financial Services Committee. He remained a part of the committee until 2000.

During his career, Congressman Boehlert wrote parts of the Federal Aviation Administration’s navigation system, and was the lead author of the United States Navy’s shipbuilding plan.

As chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, Congressman Boehlert fought the administration’s 1993 proposal to sell the Naval Hospital on Groton, Connecticut.

Senator Chuck Schumer released a statement on Rep. Boehlert’s passing.

“Sherwood Boehlert and I worked together to establish the new Veterans Affairs Administration, when the system was in its infancy. He dedicated his life to representing his district, and I am sad that the friendship we formed cannot be resumed, and I’m deeply grateful for his contributions to my time in the United States Senate.”

While Congressman Boehlert is survived by his wife Anne and their four children, the Congressman is also survived by two parents and his sister Sharlene.

Funeral services will be held next week.

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