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Today, Former Speaker and Minority Leader State Rep. Armond Budish (D-Beachwood) mourned the passing of long-time civil rights advocate Arnold Pinkney.

"Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Arnold's family today," said Rep. Budish.  "Mr. Pinkney was a dedicated leader and public servant not just to the African American community, but also to all of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.  His imprint on this region has been historic, and he will be sorely missed but not forgotten."

Mr. Pinkney, who recently received the Cleveland NAACP's highest award, Ambassador for Civil Rights, was a political activist who ran numerous successful campaigns in the city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio.

Hospice of the Western Reserve issued the following statement on behalf of the family of Arnold R. Pinkney

Prominent businessman and political consultant Arnold R. Pinkney passed away at 1:30 p.m. today at David Simpson Hospice House. The family wishes to thank friends and family for their encouragement and expressions of love during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be handled by E.F. Boyd & Son. Arrangements are still pending.

 Senator Turner Mourns Loss of Arnold Pinkney

Today, State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) issued the following statement after learning of the death of longtime Cleveland-area political activist and businessman Arnold Pinkney.  Mr. Pinkney got his start in politics working for the campaigns of Louis Stokes for Congress and Richard Celeste for governor, and co-founded Pinkney-Perry Insurance Agency which is the oldest and largest minority-owned insurance company in the state.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of my mentor, Arnold Pinkney. An icon among Greater Cleveland's African American communities for nearly half a century, his wisdom, guidance, and leadership will be sorely missed. He leaves behind an incredible legacy as a civic activist and business leader. It is truly rare to see such a brilliant political mind combined with a heart for the people. He used his talents to lift our community. Even as recently as 2012, Mr. Pinkney was still hard at work fighting for the future of Cleveland's students. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of grief."

Sen. Brown statement on passing of Arnold Pinkney

Following the passing of longtime political consultant Arnold Pinkney, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today issued the following statement:

"Arnold Pinkney leaves behind a legacy of public service and dedication to others that should serve as a testament to the way he lived his life. Pinkney's role in leading Jesse Jackson's 1984 Presidential bid, and managing Lou Stokes' Congressional campaign and Carl Stokes' mayoral campaign changed Northeast Ohio and this country. He helped to reshape our political landscape and united people from all walks of life. Jesse Jackson once called him ‘one of our untapped national treasures,' and I could not agree more. Through his service on the school board, Pinkney was also instrumental in his work rebuilding Cleveland's schools. And he provided wise counsel to me and so many other leaders across our state. Connie and I offer our prayers and thoughts to his family and rest assured knowing that his legacy lives on."

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