Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Aug 21, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the passing of Former Congressman Louis Stokes, the first African-American Member of Congress from Ohio:

“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of my mentor, friend, and colleague, Congressman Louis Stokes. Throughout the many years I have known him, I was blessed with his wise counsel and sage advice in my congressional career. I will always remember how he assisted me in my quest to get on the House Intelligence Committee and helped me see the need for diversity in the intelligence community.

“Moreover, through his service on the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Stokes effected change not just in Ohio, but throughout the country, and particularly in Georgia. With his help and guidance, the city of Columbus, Georgia was able to obtain federal funds to improve its water and sewer system. This led to the transformation of downtown Columbus, which came alive with the Columbus State University campus, the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, and the WhiteWater Express.

“A fierce defender of social and economic justice, Congressman Stokes was an extraordinary Member of Congress and public servant. Through his unwavering dedication, strong values, and an avid pursuit of civil and human rights, Congressman Stokes made a tremendous impact in his community, in the United States Congress, and on our great nation. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Jay, his children, his grandchildren, and other family members and friends.”