The honorable Congressman Louis Stokes has passed, after a battle with lung and brain cancer, late Tuesday evening August 18, 2015 accoring to family members.
The 90 year old political legend was born February 23, 1925, in the projects of Cleveland, Ohio, a true hero and success story. Louis Stokes was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968 as the first African American member of congress elected from Ohio. He represented Cleveland, OH for 30 years. Congressman Stokes chaired commitees that re-examined the assasinations of President John Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A success story, joining the military and serving during World War II, he became eigible for the GI bill which offered him the opportunity to go to college and eventually graduate from Cleveland Marshall Law School. Afer retirment from congress, he served as senior cousel for the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey from where he retired in 2012.
Congressman Stokes is survived by his wife and best friend of 55 years, Jay Stokes, who was by his side from beginning until his passing at his bedside.