WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the passing of former Congressman Ron Dellums on July 30, 2018. Ron Dellums, a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), previously served as the U.S. Representative from Oakland, California for 27 years from 1971 to 1998, as well as a member of the Berkeley City Council from 1967 to 1970 and Oakland’s Mayor from 2007 to 2011.
“I was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Ron Dellums, who served our nation as a dedicated public servant. He was a Marine, a social worker, a champion of civil rights here and across the world, a chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and a founding member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Ron fought for those who faced persecution and battled for ‘peace, justice, and humanity’ for all people. He is an inspiration for today’s leaders and my thoughts and prayers go out to Ron’s family, friends, and colleagues during this time of loss.”