WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the death of Congressman Louis Stokes in last month, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), and U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), today introduced resolutions in the Senate and House of Representatives honoring Stokes’ service to Ohio and the United States.
“Lou Stokes was a dedicated legislator and lawyer, a civil rights leader, and a good friend,” said Brown. “Lou Stokes always did the right thing and spent his life fighting for Ohioans. The people of Cleveland – who he loved and advocated for throughout his career – and our nation are grateful for his commitment to expanding opportunities for all Americans and to fighting injustice. He will forever be remembered as a pioneer who strengthened communities and broke down barriers. This resolution honors his incredible service to Ohio and our county.”
“It is important for the world to know who Louis Stokes was, what Louis Stokes did, and why Louis Stokes will always be remembered,” said Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge. “He is etched in Ohio’s rich history, and with this resolution will be woven into the fabric of this great nation forever.”
“Lou Stokes dedicated his life to lifting up others and expanding opportunities for those in need, and I’m pleased to introduce this resolution to honor his legacy,” 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 look forward to passing this bipartisan resolution.”
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.
The full resolution can be found here.