Former East Bay Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher dies at 67

Former U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher has died, according to a statement released by her family Tuesday morning. Tauscher, who served in the East Bay’s 10th congressional district from 1997 to 2009, died while surrounded by family members.

A cause of death was not immediately released, but Tauscher had written on Facebook earlier this month that she was recovering from pneumonia as a complication from esophageal cancer surgery years ago. The statement by the family noted Tauscher’s long list of achievements, including being the youngest and one of the first women to hold a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, and founding the first national research service to help parents verify the background of child care workers.

“You can see Ellen’s legacy in the lives made just that much better, that much safer, that much more secure in the East Bay, in California, in America, and across the world,” the family’s statement said.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, also issued a statement mourning the loss of her former congressional colleague.”Ellen was brilliant, gracious and generous and always did her level best to lift up those around her,” Feinstein said. “Ellen was a best friend and I’ll never forget her.” Feinstein said Tauscher chaired her first two Senate campaigns before going on to serve for 12 years in her own East Bay seat in the House of Representatives.

Tauscher went on to spend three years as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the University of California Board of Regents. “She remains an inspiration for all of us in Congress and I hope younger members will look to her as an example to emulate,” Feinstein said.

More information on memorial services will be forthcoming, according to the family.

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