Lofgren Statement on the Passing of Rep. Fortney ‘Pete’ Stark

January 25, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) issued the below statement following the passing of former California Congressman Fortney ‘Pete’ Stark, the former Dean of the California Delegation:

“Our country, state and the East Bay community have lost a great leader with the passing of Representative Fortney ‘Pete’ Stark. Those of us who had the honor of serving with Pete in the California Democratic Congressional Delegation have also lost a dear friend.

“Pete was a tireless champion for universal healthcare. He had an unrivaled understanding of the challenges of America’s health system. Whether it was fighting for the enactment of COBRA or his leading role in writing the Affordable Care Act, Pete always seized opportunities to expand access to the most vulnerable without ever losing sight of his ultimate goal to expand Medicare to everyone. Pete leaves behind a legacy that will inspire generations of future lawmakers and a wonderful family who are mourning his loss.”