Former Rep. John Y. McCollister, who defeated a sitting congressman to win office and later gave Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel his first Washington job, has died at age 92.
John S. McCollister says his father died at 5 a.m. Friday after a long battle with cancer.
McCollister, of Omaha, was a three-term congressman who served from 1971 to 1977.
He hired Hagel as an aide. Hagel has credited McCollister with shaping many of his views.