For­mer U.S. Rep. Gil­man dies in New York state For­mer U.S. Rep.

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Ben­jamin Gil­man, a New York Republican who chaired the House Com­mit­tee on In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions in the 1990s, died Satur­day at age 94.

Gil­man’s death at a Veter­ans Af­fairs fa­cil­ity in Wap­pingers Falls, N.Y., was an­nounced by for­mer staff mem­ber Richard May­field.

Gil­man was first elected to Congress in 1972 and served un­til 2003, rep­re­sent­ing the lower Hud­son Val­ley area north of New York City.

His po­lit­i­cal ca­reer ended when his dis­trict was merged with another dis­trict in 2002, which would have forced him to run against fel­low Congress mem­ber Sue Kelly in a Republican primary for the newly con­sol­i­dated seat.

He was known for his work on is­sues in­clud­ing hu­man rights, fight­ing hunger and sup­port for Is­rael.

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