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Michael Schwartz, 63; Republican Senate aide

WASHINGTON — Michael Schwartz, a conservative activist who served as chief of staff to Senator Tom ­Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, died Feb. 3 at his home in Germantown, Md. He was 63.

The cause was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Mr. Schwartz spent his early career in public affairs with the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in Milwaukee. He settled in the Washington area in 1986 and worked over the years with conservative groups, including the antiabortion group Operation Rescue and the lobbying group Free Congress Foundation.

He worked for Coburn in the House from 1995 to 2000 and in the Senate from 2004 to 2012.

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