State Representative Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) today mourned the loss of former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes after it was announced that he passed away late Tuesday night.

First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968, Congressman Stokes was the first African American member of Congress from the state of Ohio. During his 15-term career at the Capitol, Congressman Stokes led the Select Committee on Assassinations that investigated the slayings of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., headed the Congressional Black Caucus, and was the first African American member on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Rep. Ramos released the following statement today on the passing of former Congressman Stokes:

“The passing of the Honorable Louis Stokes is truly a sad occasion for all Ohioans. The Congressman and his accomplishments were quite simply historic.

“All of us who dedicate our lives to the service of our community do so by standing on the shoulders of those who came before. Particularly for those of us in Northeast Ohio, and especially for people of color and other minorities, we’ve lost a giant, in that regard. 

“Thank you for your service, Congressman.”

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