WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today on the passing of long-time friend and public servant Lisa Renee Ransom:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend Lisa Renee Ransom. I had the honor of working alongside Lisa for many years and like so many, knew her to be an extraordinary public servant in the state of Maryland. As a champion for women’s rights and racial equity, Lisa dedicated her life to making sure more people had access to economic opportunity and fundamental freedoms. She was especially focused on expanding economic prosperity in communities of color. Lisa was always a joy to be around, and I join many in sharing fond memories of her ability to brighten up a room when she entered.
“I was glad to work with her on many occasions and saw how fiercely committed she was to bettering our people's quality of life. Lisa’s distinguished career reflected her invaluable talent and work ethic. From her tenure as a Congressional staffer to her historic election to the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and her work on the Bowie Economic Development Committee, she devoted so much of her time and energy to helping others. Most recently, she worked with Congressman Jim Himes’ Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth to address the most pressing issues related to wealth inequity and economic justice – a responsibility in which she took great pride. I know her grandfather, the late Congressman Augustus Hawkins, would also have been proud of her many successes. Indeed, Lisa never strayed from her passion of working to meet the needs of her community and uplifting people in the process.
“This is a tremendous loss for all those who knew and loved Lisa. Her presence, humor, and friendship will be sorely missed. I wish her mother, Brenda Stevenson, her entire family, and her many friends strength during this tragic time.”