CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Rep. Dan Daniel (D-Va.) died Saturday at University of Virginia Hospital. He was 73.
Hospital spokesman Tom Doran confirmed that Daniel died about 5:30 p.m. The congressman was admitted to the hospital earlier in the day, but officials initially did not say why.
Daniel, the son of a Virginia tenant farmer, spent nine terms in the House of Representatives championing a strong defense and decrying the weakening of America at home and abroad.
A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Daniel won reelection time after time with little effort despite charges from detractors that he was insensitive to issues that affected blacks and the poor.