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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Death of Summit County Executive Russ Pry

July 31, 2016
Press Release

Akron, OH - Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following statement after learning of the death of his friend and Summit County Executive Russ Pry:

Russ first and foremost was a dear friend, a thoughtful, compassionate human being who always put the good of the people ahead of politics. 

I have never seen a better leader than Russ Pry, who made local government work efficiently and effectively for the people he represented. He had no ego and always brought people together to make lives better for ordinary people.

There is a huge hole in Summit County today and a huge hole in my heart as well--one that can never be filled. But we can all learn from how Russ conducted himself; always with humility, always responsibly and, for those of us in public life, always making sure government was creating opportunity for those who were looking to get ahead in life.

Andrea and I extend our deepest sympathies to Russ' family and his amazing group of friends and coworkers who know better than anyone the amazing gifts that Russ brought to the people of Summit County.

He was a friend, a leader, a generous and brilliant public servant lost too soon.