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Marcia L. Fudge

Longtime Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes dies at 90

Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, a 15-term congressman from Ohio who took on tough assignments looking into assassinations and scandals, has died at the age of 90, his family said Wednesday. He died peacefully at home Tuesday with his wife, Jay, at his side, a month after he announced he had brain and lung cancer. "During his illness, he confronted it as he did life — with bravery and strength," his family said in a statement. Stokes was elected to the House in 1968, becoming Ohio's first black member of Congress and one of its most respected and influential. Just a year earlier, his brother, Carl, had been elected mayor of Cleveland — the first black elected mayor...