Statement by the President on the passing of Former Congressman William H. Gray III

The Honorable William H. Gray III passed away Monday, July 1 at the age of 71.  Former U.S. congressman William H. Gray III, not only rose to influential positions in Congress , but was the first African American to become majority whip. Among his many contributions, Gray  also graced us with his presence by serving as Luncheon Speaker for the 2012 HBCU Week Conference. President Obama  released the following statement on the passing of the former congressman:

Statement by the President on the passing of Former Congressman William H. Gray III

“Bill Gray was a trailblazer, proudly representing his beloved Philadelphia in Congress for over a decade as the first African-American to chair the Budget Committee and to serve as the Majority Whip. Bill’s extraordinary leadership, on issues from housing to transportation to supporting efforts that ended Apartheid in South Africa, made our communities, our country and our world a more just place. Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Bill’s family, especially to his wife Andrea and their three sons.”

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