Ron Dellums

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Ron Dellums
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48th Mayor of Oakland
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Jerry Brown
Succeeded by Jean Quan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – February 6, 1998
Preceded by Pete Stark
Succeeded by Barbara Lee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Pete Stark
Succeeded by Nancy Pelosi
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Jeffery Cohelan
Succeeded by George Miller
Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services
In office
January 20, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Les Aspin
Succeeded by Floyd Spence
Chairman of the House Committee on the District of Columbia
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 20, 1993
Preceded by Charles Diggs
Succeeded by Pete Stark
Personal details
Born Ronald Vernie Dellums
(1935-11-24)November 24, 1935
Oakland, California, U.S.
Died July 30, 2018(2018-07-30) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Athurine (div.)
Leola "Roscoe" Higgs (1962–div 1999)
Cynthia Lewis (2000–d. 2018)
Children Erik, Piper, Brandy, Pam and Michael
Alma mater San Francisco State University, B.A. 1960
University of California, Berkeley School of Social Welfare, M.S.W. 1962
Religion Baptist
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1954–1956
Rank Private First Class
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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.

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]

References[change | change source]

  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. 
  3. "Former Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums Dies". ABC7 San Francisco. 30 July 2018. 

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