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Ron Dellums
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Mayor of Oakland
In office
January 8, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Jerry Brown
Succeeded by Jean Quan
Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee
In office
January 3, 1995 – February 6, 1998
Preceded by Floyd Spence
Succeeded by Ike Skelton
Chair of the House Armed Services Committee
In office
January 20, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Les Aspin
Succeeded by Floyd Spence
Chair of the House District of Columbia Committee
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 20, 1993
Preceded by Charles Diggs
Succeeded by Pete Stark
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from California
In office
January 3, 1971 – February 6, 1998
Preceded by Jeffery Cohelan
Succeeded by Barbara Lee
Constituency 7th district (1971–1975)
8th district (1975–1993)
9th district (1993–98)
Personal details
Born
Ronald Vernie Dellums

(1935-11-24)November 24, 1935
Oakland, California, U.S.
Died July 30, 2018(2018-07-30) (aged 82)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Athurine (divorced)
Roscoe Higgs
(m. 1961; div. 1998)

Cynthia Lewis (m. 2000)
Children 5, including Erik, Piper
Relatives C. L. Dellums (uncle)
Education Merritt College
San Francisco State University (BA)
University of California, Berkeley (MSW)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1954–1956
Rank USMC-E2.svg Private first class

Ronald Vernie Dellums (November 24, 1935 – July 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as Mayor of Oakland from 2007 to 2011. He had previously served thirteen terms as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 9th Congressional District, in office from 1971 to 1998, after which he worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.

Dellums was born into a family of labor organizers, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps before serving on the Berkeley, California, City Council. He was the first African American elected to Congress from Northern California and the first successful openly socialist non-incumbent Congressional candidate after World War II. His politics earned him a place on President Nixon's enemies list.

During his career in Congress, he fought the MX Missile project and opposed expansion of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber program. When President Ronald Reagan vetoed Dellums's Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, a Democratic-controlled House and a Republican-controlled Senate overrode Reagan's veto, the first override of a presidential foreign-policy veto in the 20th century.

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