Former California Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher dies at age 67

Former California Rep. Ellen Tauscher, 67, died peacefully Monday surrounded by her loving daughter, Katherine, and extended family, according to a statement from the family.

From 1997 to 2009, Tauscher represented California’s 10th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

She resigned in 2009 during her 7th term in the House, when President Barack Obama appointed her to the State Department. She was confirmed by the United State Senate as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs in June 2009.

Tauscher most recently served on the board of University of California Regents.

While the cause of death is unknown, Tausher was diagnosed with Stage III Esophageal Cancer in late 2009.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a statement in response to Tauscher’s death, writing: “The passing of Ellen Tauscher is a loss for us all. Ellen was brilliant, gracious and generous and always did her level best to lift up those around her. Ellen was a best friend and I’ll never forget her.”

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown, who hired Tauscher to chair his Military Council, told Politico, “Ellen was a friend, a great personality and a real force on critical issues that affect California — and the world. She’ll be greatly missed.”

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