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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Icon Simeon Booker

December 11, 2017
Press Release

Youngstown, Ohio – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement on the passing of journalist and civil rights icon Simeon Booker.

“Today we lost a groundbreaking journalist, a civil rights icon, and a true American hero. Simeon Booker devoted his life’s work to breaking barriers and changing the hearts and minds of all those he touched through his writing. Simeon Booker was the definition of American exceptionalism, his work changed the course of history and helped transform our country to the place it is today. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones,” said Congressman Ryan.  

Ryan has introduced legislation to award Booker the Congressional Gold Metal – Congress’s highest honor. Read more here.

Ryan has introduced legislation to award Booker the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honor bestowed by the President of the United States. Read more here.