NEW YORK (AP) — Major Owens, a New York City Democrat who served 12 terms in the House of Representatives, has died at age 77.
Chris Owens says his father died Monday at NYU Langone Medical Center of renal failure and heart failure.
Owens, who was from Brooklyn, served in the U.S. House from 1983 to 2007. In Congress, he helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
He began his political career in the 1960s working on anti-poverty programs in the administration of New York City Mayor John Lindsay. He was elected to the state Senate in 1974.
After leaving Congress, Owens taught in the Department of Public Administration at Brooklyn's Medgar Evers College.
Owens' survivors include his wife, Maria; five children; and eight grandchildren.