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Ron Dellums

United States Marine

Ronald Vernie "Ron" Dellums (November 24, 1935 – July 30, 2018) was an American politician. He was Oakland's forty-eighth mayor. From 1971 to 1998, he was elected to thirteen terms as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Northern California's 9th Congressional District.

Ron Dellums
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48th Mayor of Oakland
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byJerry Brown
Succeeded byJean Quan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – February 6, 1998
Preceded byPete Stark
Succeeded byBarbara Lee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byPete Stark
Succeeded byNancy Pelosi
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1975
Preceded byJeffery Cohelan
Succeeded byGeorge Miller
Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services
In office
January 20, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byLes Aspin
Succeeded byFloyd Spence
Chairman of the House Committee on the District of Columbia
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 20, 1993
Preceded byCharles Diggs
Succeeded byPete Stark
Personal details
Born
Ronald Vernie Dellums

(1935-11-24)November 24, 1935
Oakland, California, U.S.
DiedJuly 30, 2018(2018-07-30) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Athurine (div.)
Leola "Roscoe" Higgs (1962–div 1999)
Cynthia Lewis (2000–d. 2018)
ChildrenErik, Piper, Brandy, Pam and Michael
Alma materSan Francisco State University, B.A. 1960
University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare, M.S.W. 1962
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1954–1956
RankPrivate First Class
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When President Ronald Reagan vetoed Dellums' Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, a Democratic-controlled House and a Republican-controlled Senate overrode Reagan's veto, the first override of a presidential foreign policy veto in the 20th century.[2]

Dellums died on July 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. from prostate cancer, aged 82.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Ronald V. Dellums, Representative from California". Black Americans in Congress. Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2012-02-25.
  2. Lynn Norment (August 1994). "How African-Americans helped free South Africa". Ebony. Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. "Former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums Dies". ABC7 San Francisco. 30 July 2018.

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