WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) today expressed his sadness on the passing of former Philadelphia Congressman and House Majority Whip William “Bill” H. Gray III. Congressman Gray was the first African American to chair the House Budget Committee and also the first to serve as the Majority Whip before resigning in 1991 to head the United Negro College Fund. Butterfield’s statement follows.
“News of Congressman William Gray’s death came as a shock. Just last week we enjoyed lunch together at the U.S. Capitol. During our meeting, Bill was his usual upbeat self and looked forward to traveling to Wimbledon with his son.
“I am truly saddened to learn of his passing. Our nation has lost a pioneer of justice and a representative of good. My sincerest condolences go out to Bill’s family and the people of Philadelphia, who he truly loved and loved him in return.”