Ron Dellums, U.S. Congress

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Ronald Vernie Dellums

Birthplace: Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
Death: July 30, 2018 (82)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States (Prostate Cancer)
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Son of Verney Gorden Dellums and Willa Mae Dellums
Husband of Private
Father of Private; Private and Private

Occupation: Former US Congressman
Managed by: Tamás Flinn Caldwell-Gilbert
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About Ron Dellums, U.S. Congress

Ronald Vernie Dellums (born November 24, 1935) is an American politician who served as Oakland's forty-eighth (and third African-American) 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, after which he worked as a lobbyist in Washington D.C.

Dellums was born into a family of labor organizers, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps before serving on the Berkeley, California, City Council. Dellums was the first African American elected to Congress from Northern California and the first openly socialist successful non-incumbent Congressional candidate since World War II. His politics earned him a place on President Nixon's enemies list.

During his career in Congress, he fought the MX Missile project and opposed expansion of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber program. 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.

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Ron Dellums, U.S. Congress's Timeline

November 24, 1935
Oakland, Alameda County, California, United States
July 30, 2018
Age 82
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States