Paul Tsongas

American politician (1941-1997)

Paul Efthemios Tsongas (/ˈsɒŋɡəs/; February 14, 1941 – January 18, 1997) was an American politician. He represented Massachusetts in both the United States House of Representatives and in the United States Senate from 1975 to 1985.

Paul Tsongas
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 2, 1985
Preceded byEdward Brooke
Succeeded byJohn Kerry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1979
Preceded byPaul W. Cronin
Succeeded byJames Shannon
Personal details
Paul Efthemios Tsongas

(1941-02-14)February 14, 1941
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJanuary 18, 1997(1997-01-18) (aged 55)
Lowell, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Niki Sauvage
(m. 1969; his death 1997)
EducationDartmouth College (AB)
Yale University (JD)
Harvard University (MPP)

He won eight states as a candidate in the 1992 Democratic presidential primaries, losing the nomination to Bill Clinton.

Tsongas was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1983 and retired in 1984. He returned to politics after undergoing a successful bone marrow transplant. He experienced early success in the 1992 Democratic presidential primaries, winning the New Hampshire primary, but withdrew from the race in March 1992 and endorsed Clinton.

Tsongas died in Lowell, Massachusetts on January 18, 1997 of complications from pneumonia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 55.[1]