Former Congressman and Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums Dies at 82


By Rick Hurd East Bay Times

OAKLAND, CALIF. – Ronald V. Dellums, a former Oakland mayor who served nearly three decades in the U.S. Congress, has died. He was 82.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif., confirmed Dellums’ death Monday morning. He died Sunday after a battle with prostate cancer.

“It is with deep sadness that I can confirm the passing of a great warrior and statesman, Congressman Ron Dellums,” Lee said in a statement. “The contributions that Congressman Dellums made to our East Bay community, the nation and the world are too innumerable to count.”

A West Oakland native, Dellums began his political career serving on the Berkeley City Council from 1967-70. Long before his time as mayor, Dellums served in the House of Representatives from 1971-1998 from Northern California’s 9th Congressional District. He was re-elected 11 times.