CONGRESSMAN BISHOP STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER CONGRESSMAN MAJOR OWENS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the passing of Congressman Major R. Owens (NY-11):
“With the passing of Congressman Major Owens, we have lost an exceptional community leader, public servant, and friend. A tireless crusader for the underserved and less empowered, Congressman Owens worked throughout his career to improve the lives of marginalized communities across the nation through reform and social change.
“The crucial role Congressman Owens played in both drafting and passing the Americans with Disabilities Act ensured that millions of Americans living and working with disabilities would not face discrimination. I am sure he will be remembered as one who dedicated his career to protect, empower, and secure the rights of all people.
“On a personal note, Major and I were both colleagues in the CBC and graduates of Morehouse College. My wife Vivian worked with Maria in the spouses’ organization. His service to our country, and our shared friendship, will never be forgotten. Our prayers are with his wife Maria and the Owens family during this very difficult time.”
Congressman Major Owens passed away on October 22, 2013 at the age of 77. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 2007 as the Representative for New York’s 11th Congressional District in Brooklyn, NY.