Congressman Chaka Fattah Mourns the Death of Congressman William Gray

Jul 01, 2013, 20:46 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) releases the following statement following the sudden passing of his friend and colleague, William H. Gray:

"The people of Philadelphia and all across America have lost a great friend and advocate. Congressman Gray served with extraordinary distinction in the Congress. He was a leader with huge impact for middle class and under-served Americans.

"His dedicated leadership benefited the people of Philadelphia. He never lost sight of the needs of those in the urban community. Through one of his non-profits, the Union Housing Corporation, he was instrumental in developing housing for low and middle residents. He was committed to making sure that Philadelphia residents had access to quality, reliable transportation. Amtrak's 30th Street Station is one of the best, most efficiently run train facilities in the nation because of Gray's commitment to investing federal resources in America's infrastructure.

"As our thoughts and prayers in recent days have been directed toward South Africa and Nelson Mandela, it is appropriate to remember today that Bill Gray performed a major and valuable role in reshaping American policy toward dismantling the apartheid state.

"And finally, Bill Gray was my friend, -- he was the very embodiment of how to turn the power and platform of the House of Representatives for true public service. Bill was a man of unshakeable faith, a towering spiritual leader for Philadelphians through his lifelong commitment to the Bright Hope Baptist Church. His strong, powerful and influential voice will be missed in Philadelphia and around the nation.

"Our prayers go out to Bill's wife Andrea and his children as they mourn their sudden loss."

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah