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Former California Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher has died after battling pneumonia, her family announced Tuesday. She was 67.

Tauscher represented the 10th District of California from 1997 to 2009, sitting on the Transportation and Infrastructure and the Armed Services committees and chairing the latter’s subcommittee on Strategic Forces. She then served as the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton until 2012.

“Ellen came and made a difference in the lives of her neighbors and perfect strangers who trusted Ellen with their votes and their futures. And she never let them down,” her family wrote in a statement. “You can see Ellen’s legacy in the lives made just that much better, that much safer, that much more secure in the East Bay, in California, in America, and across the world.”

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill expressed their condolences and memories of working with Tauscher.

Clinton cited Tauscher’s work in Congress to help end ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, saying in a statement that “she made America and the world safer through her work on arms control at the State Department.”

“Ellen woke up every day determined to make a difference, and make a difference she did. She was fearless, brilliant and bighearted,” Clinton said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also applauded Tauscher for her work combating the spread of nuclear weapons.

“To watch Ellen wield the gavel was to observe a masterclass in steady, steely leadership,” Pelosi wrote in a statement, praising how Tauscher “strengthened our democratic institutions and kept America safe.”

“Her relentless commitment to nuclear nonproliferation, which is a pillar of America’s national security, beautifully honored the oath we all take: to support and defend the Constitution, and protect the American people,” Pelosi added.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith and ranking member Mac Thornberry called Tauscher’s death “a terrible loss for the nation, California, and those like us who were lucky enough to call her both a colleague and friend.”

“Her historic leadership of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and on nuclear security issues and arms control remains a testament to her interminable commitment the nation’s security and reducing nuclear dangers in particular,” the Washington Democrat and Texas Republican wrote in a joint statement.