PLBC mourns the passing of former state Rep. Thomas Blackwell

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 24 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chair of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, released the following statement regarding the passing of former state Rep. Thomas W. Blackwell:

Harris said, “The City of Philadelphia, and our Commonwealth, has lost a giant. Representative Blackwell dedicated his life to public service and fought to improve the lives of countless Philadelphians. He will be deeply missed. I am certain his legacy will live on and guide the next generation of public servants. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., the House Democratic Caucus secretary, said, “It was an honor to serve with Tommy in the legislature. I have known him and his family for very long time, and he was always a man of integrity and compassion.  He had a true vision and was a steward of his community throughout his life. We’re going to miss him and I will keep his family in my prayers.”

State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, the Philadelphia County Delegation secretary, said, “Representative Blackwell was a steward of wisdom, guidance and direction. He was the perfect model of how to put the people first as we do the people’s business. I will pray for his family in the hopes that they are comforted through this very emotional time.”

Harris added, “Many of the issues he fought for even after leaving office – reducing crime, providing Philadelphians with good paying jobs, and making housing affordable and accessible to those who need it – are still our top legislative priorities today. I couldn’t think of a better way to honor his legacy than by continuing the work he dedicated his life to.”