Longtime Lawmaker Dies

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Former U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill has died. The Jasper, Ala., Democrat, who became known as "The King of Pork" over three decades in Congress, was 84.

Bevill died Monday afternoon at his home. That's according to Amanda Smith, a paralegal at Bevill's law office in Jasper.

Bevill's daughter-in-law, Karen Bevill, says his health had been declining since he underwent heart surgery last summer.

His death came a day after he celebrated his 84th birthday on Easter Sunday with his family.

Bevill represented what is now the 4th Congressional District in north Alabama from 1967 to 1997. He got his nickname for his ability to bring special projects into Alabama. Those projects included a key role in building the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

Bevill worked with seven presidents during his years in Congress, from Lyndon Johnson to Bill Clinton. Before being elected to Congress, he represented Walker County in the Alabama House for eight years.