Major Owens | New York lawmaker, 77
He represented a Brooklyn district from 1983 to 2007.
In the 1960s, Mr. Owens worked on antipoverty programs in the administration of New York Mayor John Lindsay, and he was elected to the state Senate in 1974.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 1982, succeeding Shirley Chisholm, who retired. - AP