39 Facts About Ron Dellums

1. Ron Dellums garnered a 50.18 percent majority to win the election This was 155 votes more than needed to avoid a runoff.

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2. In 1982 Ron Dellums took a trip to Grenada at the invitation of the Prime Minister of the People's Revolutionary Government, Maurice Bishop.

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3. Ron Dellums was elected to the Berkeley City Council, after prompting from Maudelle Shirek,[12] and served from 1967 to 1970.

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4. Ron Dellums was on the board of NORML and was the only Socialist members of Congress for a while.

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5. Since 2008, Ron Dellums has campaigned to bring millions in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act federal stimulus funding to Oakland, using both his extensive Washington contacts and the idea of the Model City.

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6. Ron Dellums called on the City Council and Police Chief Wayne Tucker to increase the number of recruits in the city's police academy, to establish incentives to keep older officers on the force beyond retirement —some of them to train new recruits —and to better prepare Oakland residents and others interested in law enforcement for jobs with the city's Police Department.

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7. Ron Dellums has worked as a legislative lobbyist, which has drawn criticism described in the East Bay Express, a local newspaper.

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8. In 1997, Ron Dellums announced that he was retiring from Congress in the middle of his term and a special election was called—which created a series of five special elections in 12 months as various East Bay politicians ran for different political office.

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9. Ron Dellums easily won his next eleven elections in the traditionally Democratic 9th District.

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10. Ron Dellums is notable in that it is one of only a few cases in which the Federal Courts have considered whether the War Powers Clause of the US Constitution is justiciable in the courts.

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11. Ron Dellums was elected to the Berkeley City Council, after prompting from Maudelle Shirek, [2] and served from 1967 to 1970.

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12. Representative Ron Dellums shares memories of his ascension to chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

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13. Representative Ron Dellums reflects on the personal importance of his portrait.

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14. Representative Ron Dellums describes an important meeting with Speaker of the House Carl Albert of Oklahoma, and his historic appointment to the House Armed Services Committee.

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15. Ron Dellums provided more insight on his decision to retire from the House in his memoirs.

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16. Ron Dellums rarely faced serious re–election challenges, averaging more than 60 percent of the vote throughout most of his House career.

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17. Ron Dellums continued to make waves in the House, introducing a measure for comprehensive economic sanctions in South Africa during the 92nd Congress.

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18. Ron Dellums quickly emerged as one of the most radical and outspoken Congressmen in Washington.

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19. Ron Dellums began his political career as a member of the Berkeley city council.

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20. Ron Dellums was married three times and has eight children and stepchildren.

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21. In 1973, Ron Dellums was a founding member of DSOC and went on to join the DSA in 1982.

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22. Ron Dellums was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1971, representing the Bay Area District until his retirement in 1998.

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23. On October 1, 2007, Ron Dellums endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary at a press conference held at Laney College in Oakland.

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24. Ron Dellums died of complications from prostate cancer on July 30, 2018 at age 82.

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25. In 2009 Ron Dellums launched an anti-drop-out initiative which included sponsoring back to school rallies at City Hall and participating with the school district in truancy reduction efforts.

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26. In 2009 Ron Dellums hired the highly regarded Anthony Batts, formerly the Long Beach police chief.

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27. Ron Dellums garnered a 50.18 percent majority to win the election.

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28. Ron Dellums worked in Washington, DC, as a lobbyist for clients such as the East Bay Peralta Community College District and AC Transit, the public transit district charged with offering mass transit throughout the East Bay.

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29. Ron Dellums worked as a legislative lobbyist, which drew criticism described in the East Bay Express, a local newspaper.

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30. In 1976, Ron Dellums was nominated for president by the National Black Political Assembly but refused, stating "It is not my moment; it's not my time.

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31. Ron Dellums served as chairman of the House Committee on the District of Columbia and the House Armed Services Committee.

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32. Ron Dellums had called for formal investigations into the allegations, but Congress chose not to endorse the proceedings.

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33. Ron Dellums was criticized for his support of Fidel Castro's involvement with the MPLA in Angola and was called "the prototype of the Castroite congressman" by the conservative press.

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34. In 1972, Ron Dellums began his campaign to end the apartheid policies of South Africa.

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35. Ron Dellums supported the restriction of foreign aid to repressive African governments in Zaire, Burundi, Liberia and Sudan.

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36. Ron Dellums defeated Cohelan in the Democratic primary and won the general election, serving without interruption for 27 years.

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37. Ron Dellums was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1970 after being recruited by anti-Vietnam War activists to run against the incumbent, Jeffery Cohelan, a white liberal close to organized labor who had not opposed the war early enough to win reelection in the district.

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38. Ron Dellums was elected to the Berkeley City Council, after prompting from Maudelle Shirek, and served from 1967 to 1970.

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39. Ron Dellums was born into a family of labor organizers, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps before serving on the Berkeley, California, City Council.

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