Former Brooklyn Representative Major Owens Passes Away At Age 77

Former Brooklyn Representative Major Owens Passes Away At Age 77
congressman major owens via Facebook

Major Owens, who served Brooklyn — including parts of our area — in Congress from 1983-2006, passed away Monday night at the age of 77.

Owens, who was known to fight for education, civil rights, and economic equality, was in our area notably critical of the Atlantic Yards project. He earned the nickname the “rappin’ rep” because he occasionally rhymed on the house floor. In 2005, the Colbert Report spoke with him about that and more in a Better Know a District segment.

“Owens proudly represented the people of Brooklyn for twenty-four years,” said District 45 Councilmember Jumaane Williams. “While in Congress, Owens fought to reduce poverty and for the rights of working class New Yorkers… My prayers for peace and comfort are with Congressman Major Owens’ family at this difficult time.”

Owens succeeded Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress. Current Congresswoman Yvette Clarke won the 2006 election for his seat.

Owens is survived by his wife, Maria, and five children.

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