Cass Ballenger


Age: 88

Summary: U.S. congressman and former state legislator from North Carolina whose career in public service included nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1986 to 2005 who was chairman of the House of the International Relations subcommittee on Western Hemisphere affairs, but who made headlines in 2001 when then-Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez showed up with most of his cabinet for a barbecue at Ballenger's home in Hickory, North Carolina.

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

Born: December 6, 1926

Died: February 18, 2015

Hickory, North Carolina