Former New Mexico congressman Ed Foreman dies at age 88

U.S. Rep. Ed Foreman (circled), then representing Texas' 16th Congressional District, is seen behind Mexican president Adolfo López Mateos, U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson, and U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Raymond Telles in El Paso, Texas on Sept. 25, 1964.

Frequently over his decades as a public speaker, Ed Foreman introduced himself to audiences as a reformed politician. 

“I know how some of you are feeling right now,” he told audiences at the opening of a 2014 seminar. “You’re thinking, if this guy’s been elected to the United States Congress from two different states, done all this politicking with five different presidents and all this business, I guess we’re going to be exposed to a bunch of politics here today, are we? 

“No, I’ve gone straight and I work for a living now,” he said with the timing of a master comedian. 

Foreman’s claim about his unusual congressional career was no tall tale: The Portales, New Mexico native served one term in the House of Representatives representing west Texas from 1963 to 1965, and later — after returning to New Mexico — won another term in Congress from 1969 to 1971. He was the only member of Congress in the 20th century to represent two different states in Washington, D.C. 

Ed Foreman — an entrepreneur turned politician before his long career as a motivational speaker and trainer — died at age 88 on Feb. 2. 

Former U.S. Rep. Ed Foreman, who represented southern New Mexico and later western Texas in Congress, is pictured in a photo submitted to New Mexico State University, where he was included on the Dean's Advisory Council at the time of his death in Feb. 2022.

An obituary did not disclose the location or cause of Foreman’s death. He had been a Dallas resident, where his home-based enterprise, Executive Development Systems, was located. 

Born on a Roosevelt County farm in 1933, Foreman attended Eastern New Mexico University before completing a civil engineering degree at New Mexico A & M College, later known as New Mexico State University, in 1955.

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