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Rep. John Lewis on Passing of Rep. Louis Stokes

August 19, 2015
Press Release

"I am very sorry to learn that the first African American member of Congress ever elected from Ohio, Rep. Louis Stokes, has died.  He was a gifted public servant who brought dignity to the office, not only on behalf of the people of Cleveland and Ohio, but he contributed to the public good of the entire nation.

"The fact that he was chosen to chair the investigations of some of this nation's most tragic events--the assassinations of President John Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the Iran-Contra affair--demonstrates the respect his colleagues in Congress had for his work and his integrity.  He was a vocal advocate for the most vulnerable among us, and he was passionate about the issues of health care."

"I will always remember the time we spent together when he came to Atlanta with his son who had just been accepted to Morehouse College.  My wife and I enjoyed the company of him and his family as friends and colleagues. My prayers go out to his wife and to all his children and grandchildren.  It was an honor to serve with him. He will be deeply missed."