“Lud” Ashley dies at 87Written by Kristen Criswell | | email@example.com
Thomas William Ludlow Ashley, former congressman for the 9th Congressional District, passed away June 15 at the age of 87.
Ashley was a congressman from 1955 to 1981, serving 13 terms in office. Prior to Marcy Kaptur, Ashley served the most terms in Congress for the 9th Congressional District.
During his tenure, the Democrat served as chairman of the Housing and Community Development subcommittee within the Banking Committee. In this position Ashley helped write and pass the Housing and Community Development Acts of 1974 and 1977, which help establish community development block grants, Urban Development grants and help for the elderly and handicap.
In 2008, Kaptur spearheaded a congressional resolution to rename the Toledo federal courthouse James M. and Thomas W. Ludlow Ashley United States Courthouse in honor of Ashley and his great-grandfather James M. Ashley, who was also a congressman.