Politics

Ron Dellums, a Congressman Ready-Made for the Camera

Some of Roll Call‘s best photos of the late California Democrat

Former Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, D-Calif., attends the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th winter meeting at the Capitol Hilton in January 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Rep. Ronald V. Dellums, who died Monday at the age of 82, cut a striking figure in the halls of Congress, a tall, well-dressed man whose presence cameras gravitated toward. Here is a short selection of some of Roll Call’s favorite pictures of the California Democrat, who was first elected to his Oakland-area district in 1970 and served until stepping down in the middle of his 14th term in 1998.

Rep. Ron Dellums, D-Calif. August 17, 1983. (Photo by CQ Roll Call)
Dellums in August 1983. (CQ Roll Call)
Rep. Ron Dellums, D-Calif. jumping rope prior to the Big Event. May 1991. (Photo by Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call)
Dellums jumps rope prior to the Great American Workout event in May 1991. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo)
UNITED STATES: File photo - Congressional Black Caucus Members with Actor Melvin Van Peebles outside the U.S. Capitol. Left to Right: Rep. Augustus Hawkins (D-Calif.); Rep. William Clay, Sr. (D-Mo.); Rep. Parren Mitchell (D-Md.); Rep. Robert Nix, Sr. (D-Pa.); Rep. Ronald Dellums (D-Calif.); Melvin Van Peebles; Rep. Louis Stokes (D-Ohio); Rep. Yvonne B. Burke (D-Calif.); Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.); and Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-Texas) (Photo courtesy of the Moorland-Springarn Research Center, Howard University).
Congressional Black Caucus Members with actor Melvin Van Peebles outside the U.S. Capitol. From left, Reps. Augustus F. Hawkins, D-Calif., William L. Clay, D-Mo., Parren J. Mitchell, D-Md., and Robert N. C. Nix Sr., D-Pa., Dellums, Van Peebles, Reps. Louis Stokes, D-Ohio, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, D-Calif., Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., and Barbara Jordan, D-Texas. (Dev O’Neill/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and Rep. Ron Dellums, D-Calif. at Inauguration Day. January 20, 1993. (Photo by Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call)
Dellums and Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., at Inauguration Day for President Bill Clinton on Jan. 20, 1993. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rep. Daniel David "Dan" Rostenkowski, D-Ill., Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Ronald Vernie "Ron" Dellums, D-Calif., having good time at sock-hop dancing at the Democratic Issues Conference in Baltimore, Maryland at Johns Hopkins. 1993 (Photo by Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call)
Dellums and Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., have a good time at sock-hop dancing at the 1993 Democratic Issues Conference in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rep. Ron Dellums, D-Calif. 1991. (Photo by Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call)
Dellums in 1991. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo)

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