Chairman Xavier Becerra’s Statement on the Passing of Former Congressman William H. Gray

July 3, 2013

Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on the passing of former Philadelphia Congressman and House Majority Whip William H. Gray:

“Congressman Gray set the example of what it means to be a public servant and a champion for justice everywhere. He climbed the ranks of House leadership, making history as the first African-American to chair the House Budget Committee and the first to serve as majority whip, the third highest position in the U.S. House of Representatives. And all throughout, he fought for justice and dignity for the poor and the persecuted, both here in the United States and abroad. Our world is a better place because of Congressman Gray. My thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn this loss.”