Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Congressman Louis Stokes


Aug 19
Press Release

Hillary and I mourn the loss of our friend Louis Stokes, who served the people of Cleveland in Congress for 30 years with a rare combination of toughness and grace.  I will always be grateful for his good counsel, his strong support, and his steadfast friendship.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Lou’s wife, Jay, his children, and his grandchildren.


Longtime Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes dies at 90

Associated Press


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, a 15-term congressman from Ohio who took on tough assignments looking into assassinations and scandals, has died. He was 90.

His death, confirmed by a family statement, comes a month after he announced he had brain and lung cancer.

Stokes was elected to the House in 1968, becoming Ohio’s first black member of Congress and one of its most respected and influential. Just a year earlier, his brother, Carl, had been elected mayor of Cleveland — the first black elected mayor of a major U.S. city.

Louis Stokes was the dean of the delegation until he stepped down in 1999.

In this Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, file photo, Rep. Louis Stokes, D-Ohio, announces, at the Carl B. Stokes Social Services Mall in Cleveland, that he will retire from Congress at the end of the year.
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