Former Speaker of the House Jim Wright, 92, has died. Wright, a longtime congressman from Texas and a prominent Southern liberal, rose to the chamber's highest position in 1987 after 32 years in the U.S. House. He stepped down two years later amid a controversy over fees he earned from sales of his autobiography. The initial charges against Wright were brought by a then little-known Georgia Rep. named Newt Gingrich, who would later become speaker himself and also resign under political fire. Wright, a World War Two veteran, was in the same motercade as John F. Kennedy when the president was assassinated in 1963.
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