Rep. William J. Coyne dies at 77

-Rep. William Coyne
-Rep. William Coyne

Former Rep. William J. Coyne (D-Allegheny) died at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Sunday morning, more than ten years after leaving Pennsylvania public service.

The former congressman suffered a head injury related to a fall in the summer.

Coyne served in Congress for more than 20 years, where he was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Coyne declined to run for reelection after redistricting in 2002.

“Back in Pittsburgh, everybody knew Billy Coyne, but he wasn’t a media hound,” Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny) told the Tribune Review.

Doyle is currently the Democratic representative for what is now the state’s 14th district. Prior to the 2002 redistricting, Doyle served alongside Coyne and represented the 18th district.

According to the Tribune Review, Coyne worked with the Ways and Means Committee to fund Pittsburgh’s eastern busway and promoted the creation of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. Coyne supported civil and workers rights bills, in addition to Internal Revenue Service reform.

Prior to a Congressional career, Coyne was a Pennsylvania state representative and before that was a member of the Pittsburgh City Council.

Coyne was an alumnus of Robert Morris University, then Robert Morris College.

“Pittsburgh has lost a champion today,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told KDKA.

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