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Former PA Congressman Robert Edgar dies at 69

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 23, 2013 2:31 PM
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(Burke, Va.) -- Robert Edgar, who represented Pennsylvania for six terms in the House and went on to lead the public interest group Common Cause, has died. He was 69.
 
His wife of 48 years, Merle Edgar, says her husband collapsed earlier this morning in the basement of their home in Burke after a run on the treadmill. 

Edgar, a Democrat, was elected in 1974 in a large class of newcomers that came to Washington following the Watergate scandal. His political career ended after he lost a U.S. Senate campaign in 1986 to Arlen Specter.

He had maintained an active travel schedule with Common Cause until his death, advocating for open government.

Edgar also served as secretary general of the National Council of Churches from 2000 to 2007.

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