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Otis Pike Dead: Former New York Congressman Dies At 92

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 6: House intelligence committee Chairman Otis G. Pike, right, welcomes CIA Director William E Colby to a hearing. Photographed November 6, 1975 in Washington, DC. (Photo by James K.W. Atherton/The Washington Post via Getty Images) | The Washington Post via Getty Images

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Democratic Congressman Otis Pike has died at age 92 in Florida.

Lois Pike Eyre says her father died Monday at a Vero Beach hospice after a long illness.

Pike served 18 years in Congress before deciding to retire in 1978.

In the mid-1970s, he chaired the House Select Committee on Intelligence, which investigated questionable CIA activities. The agency considered the Pike Committee inquiry as a dramatic shift in Congress and the first significant House investigation of the U.S. intelligence community since the CIA's creation in 1947.

After he retired from Congress, Pike wrote a syndicated column for Newhouse Newspapers for 20 years.

Pike was born in Riverhead, N.Y. He served in the Marines as a pilot in the Pacific during World War II.

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