January 25, 2020

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Mourns the Passing of Former Rep. Pete Stark

OAKLAND, CA – Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement honoring the passing of former Congressman Pete Stark, who served in Congress for forty years.

“For forty years, Congressman Pete Stark fought for families across the East Bay and the country. He was a passionate and deeply skilled legislator who fought every day against the special interests and for the people. 

“Congressman Stark dedicated his life to expanding access to quality, affordable health care for all. His tireless work as a leader of the critical Health Subcommittee on the Ways and Means Committee helped safeguard the Affordable Care Act and Medicare from partisan attacks. He made a difference in the lives of millions of people across the country, guaranteeing that everyone had access to health care when they needed it – whether through COBRA or ensuring that hospitals treat people seeking emergency care, regardless of insurance coverage.

“I know Congressman Stark will be missed by the people of the East Bay, the entire California Congressional delegation, and people around the country. It was my honor to call Pete a friend and to work alongside him in representing the East Bay. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Deborah, his children, and his entire family today.”