William H. Gray 3rd, Pillar In Congress And City, Dead At 71

Source: Dan Wing / CBS Philadelphia 

PHILADELPHIA – A former Philadelphia Congressman and Preacher loved and respected by many around the world has died. Bill Gray passed from natural causes at the age of 71.

Gray was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 23 years, serving from 1978 to 1991. In that time he became the first African American to achieve chairmanship of the House Budget Committee. But Mayor Michael Nutter says there was much more to Bill Gray than just politics.

“What a gentleman. He’s a gentleman and a scholar. He was a minister. Ministered real people every day as he served at Bright Hope Baptist Church. And as an elected official, he was a model elected official that so many of us wanted to emulate,” said Nutter.

State Senator Vincent Hughes says Gray was a man who commanded respect.

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