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Schultz, Baker to lead U.S. presidential delegation to Thatcher funeral

April 16, 2013 at 1:57 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, April 16 (UPI) -- The White House Monday said former Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker will lead the presidential delegation to Margaret Thatcher's funeral.

Barbara Stephenson, the State Department's charge d'affaires to the United Kingdom, and Louis Susman, former ambassador to the United Kingdom, also will participate in the delegation to the Wednesday funeral in London for Thatcher, the United Kingdom's only female prime minister.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner earlier announced Reps. Marsha Blackburn, Michele Bachmann and George Holding will represent the U.S. House at the funeral.

Boehner said in a statement the funeral for Thatcher, who died last week at 87, was an opportunity to pay final respects to "one of the greatest champions freedom has ever known."

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