Louis Stokes Announces Second Retirement

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CLEVELAND — Retired local Congressman Louis Stokes has announced his retirement from practicing law.

Stokes, 87, returned to practicing law after retiring from congress 13 years ago. His second retirement from Squires Sanders will take effect December 31.

The former representative says he originally practiced law for 14 years before running for office as a democrat in 1969. He now plans to pen at least one memoir about his experiences, including entering the workforce at age 12.

Stokes is currently a distinguished visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University. He was the first African American congressman to represent Ohio, covering the 11th and 21st districts.