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John P Murtha

Former Rep. Louis Stokes, a founding member of Congressional Black Caucus, dies at 90

Rep. Louis Stokes, the Cleveland-area congressman who was chairman of the House select committee that investigated the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died late Tuesday at the age of 90. Stokes served in the House for three full decades, retiring in 1999. He was notable on Capitol Hill for serving as chairman of the Ethics Committee, as well as chairman and ranking Democrat on the old VA-HUD appropriations subcommittee, which drafted one of the two largest domestic discretionary spending bills. "Our family is mourning the loss of our husband, father, grandfather and close confidant. He died peacefully with Jay, his wife of...