Retired U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with both brain and lung cancer, and said he and his family appreciate good wishes, support and privacy during this time.
The Congressman released the following statement:
Retired U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes, who served the 21st and 11th Districts of Ohio for 30 years, has recently been diagnosed with lung and brain cancer. He is fortunate to have the availability and treatment of excellent health care from the world renowned staff and doctors of one of the top medical centers, the Cleveland Clinic.
The congressman recently said, "For years, I've made it my career in fighting for the people of Ohio, but now I must devote my time and energy to working with my doctors in this current health challenge which my family and I are totally immersed."
In February 2015, the Congressman turned 90 years of age and recently completed his autobiography documenting his illustrious legal and political career where he was often a champion in the civil rights movement.
Congressman Stokes expresses his utmost appreciation to the public for the privacy they have extended to him and his family as they engage in this fight.
Stokes was Ohio's first African American Congressman. He retired in 1998.