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Rep. Jackie Speier on surviving Jonestown, retirement : “When you look death in the eye, you are not afraid anymore”
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Rep. Jackie Speier on surviving Jonestown, retirement : “When you look death in the eye, you are not afraid anymore”

After spending over a decade in Congress, Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, will be retiring. She is one of 55 lawmakers who decided not to run for re-election. But Speier's road to Washington began in 1978 on a deserted airstrip in Guyana where she lay wounded after being shot five times. Speier was then a 28-year-old congressional staffer on a fact-finding mission with her boss, California Rep. Leo Ryan, at the People's Temple compound of cult leader Jim Jones.  After the visit, they sought to return home but attackers dispatched by the cult leaders assassinated Ryan and shot Speier multiple times. For 22 hours, she lay on the ground bleeding and hurt — afraid that she would never see her family again.  "Many of us thought we we...