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Obama asks Shultz, Baker to go to Thatcher funeral

Monday - 4/15/2013, 9:08pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has asked former Secretaries of State George Shultz and James A. Baker III to lead a delegation to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral.

Shultz served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan and Baker to President George H.W. Bush. Both served in the position while Thatcher was in office.

The White House said other delegation members would be Barbara Stephenson, the charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in London, and Louis Susman, former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, also announced Monday that he was sending three Republican representatives to Wednesday's funeral. Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn is leading the delegation that also includes Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and North Carolina Rep. George Holding.

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