Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joseph M. McDade dies at 85

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 25, 2017 6:32 PM

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(Fairfax, Va.) -- An 18-term congressman who helped steer hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to his northeastern Pennsylvania district while beating back bribery charges has died. Joseph M. McDade was 85.

A statement from his family said McDade died Sunday at his home in Fairfax, Virginia.

McDade was the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House at the time of his 1992 indictment on charges that he accepted gifts from defense companies in exchange for contracts. He was acquitted after a seven-week trial.

Constituents largely stood behind the congressman. As ranking member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, McDade helped steer money to local manufacturers to replace a collapsed coal industry.

McDade's funeral will be held Thursday.

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