1st openly atheist member of Congress dies

by Adam Ford · Jan 26th, 2020 8:32 am

Former California Democratic Rep. Fortney "Pete" Stark Jr., notable for being the first openly atheist member of Congress, has died at 88.

Stark reaffirmed his atheism in a 2007 public statement. He served on the advisory boards of the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association, and in 2011 introduced a bill to Congress designating February 12, 2011, as "Darwin Day."

Stark's family said he died Friday at his home in Maryland. They did not disclose a cause of death.


You must become a subscriber or login to view or post comments on this article.