facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Former Congressman William Gray dies

July 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- Former Democratic U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, a legend in Philadelphia politics, died Monday in London, a spokesman said. He was 71.

Gray was attending tennis matches at Wimbledon with his youngest son, Andrew, a family spokesman said. No cause of death was available, The Philadelphia inquirer reported.

U.S. President Barack Obama released a statement Tuesday offering condolences and recalling Gray as a lawmaker who had wide-ranging impacts at home and abroad.

"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," Obama said. "Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Bill's family, especially to his wife Andrea and their three sons."

Obama noted Gray was the first black lawmaker to serve as chairman of the House Budget Committee and as majority whip.

At the time of his death, Gray was chairman emeritus of Gray Global Advisors, a business and government consultancy based in Washington, the Inquirer said. Before he began the firm, he was president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund. He also served as pastor for the Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia.

Gray served in Congress from 1979 to 1991.

"He could walk down the hallway, and everybody knew him, he knew everyone," said U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa. "I'm absolutely positively shocked. It's a major, major loss to the city, to the area and to the nation."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
2
Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun Jessica Arrendale dies shielding daughter from boyfriend with gun
3
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
4
Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door
5
Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says Caitlyn Kovacs' death likely 'alcohol-related,' prosecutor says
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback