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Robert T Matsui

Democratic Rep. Robert T. Matsui dies at 63

WASHINGTON - Rep. Robert T. Matsui of California, a World War II internee who rose to become one of the top Asian-Americans in Congress during 26 years of service, died late Saturday, his office announced yesterday. He was 63.

One of the Democratic Party's leading spokesmen on tax and Social Security issues, Mr. Matsui was hospitalized at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda on Dec. 24, suffering from pneumonia. His office said myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare bone marrow disease that compromises the body's ability to fight infection, had been diagnosed several months before.

Mr. Matsui, a senior Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, was expected to be one...