Senators Announce Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring Congressman Lou Stokes
September 23, 2015 - 7:32 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. –The U.S. Senate yesterday passed U.S.
Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown's (D-Ohio) resolution to
honor Congressman Lou Stokes’ service to Ohio and the United States.
Portman and Brown, along with U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11),
introduced the resolution last week.
“Lou Stokes dedicated his life to lifting up others and expanding opportunities for those in need,” Portman stated.
“Lou was effective because he knew how to bring people together to
solve problems and, as a result, he had a meaningful impact on countless
lives in his beloved hometown of Cleveland and around the country. I
will always be grateful for our friendship and am pleased this
bipartisan resolution honoring his life has passed the Senate.”
“The swift passage of this resolution to honor Congressman Lou Stokes is a testament to his steady leadership and service,” said Brown.
“He was a voice for the underserved and a civil rights champion. His
life was dedicated to doing the right thing and seeking justice for all
people. I’m honored to have served with him in Congress and to have
called him a friend.”
Congressman Louis Stokes was born in Cleveland in February 1925.
Following his service in the United States Army, he was elected to the
U.S. House of Representatives in 1968, becoming the first African
American to represent Ohio, and served 15 consecutive terms. He was also
the first African American to serve on the powerful House
Appropriations Committee and a founding member of the Congressional
Black Caucus, which still exists today.
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