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Joe Waggonner, La. congressman

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Former US Representative Joe D. Waggonner, who represented northwestern Louisiana for nine terms from 1961 to 1979, died Sunday. He was 89.

Mr. Waggonner was elected as a Democrat in 1961 and eventually served as a key leader of Southern conservative Democrats. He also served on the House committee administering the space program and the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

In his district, Mr. Waggonner was credited with helping to secure Interstate 49 between Lafayette and Shreveport and funding for Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City and Fort Polk in Leesville, along with developing the Red River for navigation.

He decided not to seek re-election in 1978.

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