- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio lawmaker is proposing an annual “Louis Stokes Day” to recognize the state’s first black congressman, who died this week.

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (haus), a Cleveland Democrat, said Thursday that she plans to introduce legislation establishing the day on Feb. 23, which was Stokes’ birthday.

Stokes died peacefully at home in Cleveland on Tuesday at age 90. He was first elected to the House in 1968 and served 15 terms. He was one of Ohio’s most respected and influential congressmen, leading a select committee that investigated the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Howse said she wants to establish an annual recognition for Stokes so that Ohio remembers his legacy.

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