WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Louis B. Stokes. Stokes was the founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC):
"Today I join with present and past Appropriators in mourning the loss of Louis B. Stokes. Louis was a trailblazer in all walks of life, but especially here in Congress where he served as the first black member of the House Appropriations Committee, and founded and led the Congressional Black Caucus.
"I was honored to serve alongside Louis when I first joined the Appropriations Committee. He became a mentor and dear friend, and I felt deeply privileged to work under his leadership on our subcommittee. I learned a great deal from Louis's commitment to his legislative priorities and his unwavering focus on creating a better country for all people, in particular African-American communities. To this day, I strive to carry on his legacy, promoting many of the same issues that Louis championed on our subcommittee: science, STEM education, and housing and urban development.
"Louis was an extraordinary public servant who made an impact on every project or issue he touched—not just in the House, but throughout and beyond his Congressional career. Today we honor his memory and his great legacy."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah