Late Congress member to get top honor

The late Rep. Tom Lantos will receive the country’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Wednesday.

Lantos, D-San Mateo, died in February of esophogeal cancer at the age of 80. The award will be given during a White House ceremony June 19.

“Tom Lantos was a champion of human rights,” the White House announcement said. “The only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, he devoted himself to securing liberty for oppressed people around the world and became a powerful witness for the importance of freedom.”

Lantos spent 27 years in the House of Representatives and led the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Music venue owners warn ‘hospitality and entertainment are dying’

Industry leaders plead with city, state for help

Advocates call for permanent moratorium on ‘poverty tows’

Ron Trathen hates change. He recalls moving around a lot as a… Continue reading

Anti-police protester sues over arrest at 2019 Pride Parade

A protester whose arrest at San Francisco’s 2019 Pride Parade intensified pressure… Continue reading

Veritas offers to forgive unpaid rent, but tenants are wary

Calls for rent forgiveness have been answered, but with some caveats. The… Continue reading

Dozens gather for candlelight vigil to honor victims in Beirut explosion

Dozens of people gathered at Rincon Park on Thursday evening to show… Continue reading

Most Read