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Paul Rogers, congressman from Florida

Paul Rogers, a Democrat, earned the nickname ''Mr. Health'' for his work on healthcare legislation. He represented the West Palm Beach area for 24 years in Congress. Paul Rogers, a Democrat, earned the nickname ''Mr. Health'' for his work on healthcare legislation. He represented the West Palm Beach area for 24 years in Congress. (ap/file)
Associated Press / October 15, 2008
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Former US representative Paul G. Rogers, a Democrat nicknamed "Mr. Health" for his work on environmental and healthcare legislation during a 24-year career in Congress, has died. He was 87.

Mr. Rogers died Monday morning at a rehabilitation hospital in Washington, D.C., his brother, Doyle, said. He had undergone an operation for lung cancer.

Elected in Florida to fill a seat left vacant by his father's death, Mr. Rogers served in the US House of Representatives from 1955 to 1979. His nickname came from his position as chairman of the House subcommittee on health and the environment for eight years. He also left a legacy of healthcare legislation, including his work on the National Cancer Act of 1971, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Clean Air Act.

He joined the law firm of Hogan & Hartson after leaving Congress. The federal courthouse in West Palm Beach bears his name.

Mr. Rogers leaves his wife, daughter, and grandchildren.

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