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Mon Dec 10, 2012, 11:52 PM

Jack Brooks dies at 89; longtime Democratic Texas congressman

Jack Brooks hounded government bureaucrats, drafted articles of impeachment against President Nixon and was a strong supporter of civil rights in a congressional career that spanned four decades. But the Texas politician was perhaps best known for his appearance in a single photograph.

Brooks is frozen in that November 1963 image, standing behind a grief-stricken Jacqueline Kennedy as Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath of office aboard Air Force One. Hours earlier, Brooks had been in the Dallas motorcade when President Kennedy was assassinated.

Brooks died Tuesday at a Beaumont, Texas, hospital after a sudden illness, according to a statement from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. He was 89.


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