T. Milton Street Sr. was a former Philadelphia politician who served in the state Senate and was the brother of former Philadelphia Mayor John Street.
Milton Street passed away on Monday. He was 81.
The family Said,
“It is with sadness that we announce the passing of former Senator T. Milton Street Sr., activist, legislator, and politician,”.
His family said,
“Former Senator Street, first, as a community activist, then as a state legislator fought to make Philadelphia a better place,” “Motivated by unfair policies that created barriers for the poor in their pursuit of the American dream he worked to make a government that served the people in a more equitable and fair way. He fought to break down barriers and visualized ways government could work for everyday folks by enacting change through policy regardless of political affiliation.
“As a legislator his public policies were decades before their time. He advocated for socio-economic causes including gaming, funding seniors through the lottery, and the legalization of cannabis as a method of providing public education. He remained a steadfast fighter for the poor and dreamed of ending the violence which plagues our city.”
Darrell Clarke, Democratic President of the Philadelphia City Council, recalled Street’s impressive nature:
“Milton Street spoke truth to power – forcefully – and he was never afraid to confront an injustice, whenever and wherever he found it,” Clarke said in a statement. “I learned a lot from him. I’m sorry for his passing, and I’ll keep his family close in my prayers.”
T. Milton Street was implicated in some controversy. For evading taxes, he received a 30-month prison term in 2008, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. That didn’t, however, stop him from vying for the position of Philadelphia mayor multiple times throughout this century, including in 2011 and 2015.
T. Milton Street had previously served in both the State Senate of Pennsylvania from 1981 to 1984 and the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1979 to 1980.
T. Milton Street was initially elected as a Democrat, but before he began his Senate term, he changed his party to become a Republican, giving the GOP control of the House, according to the Philadelphia Tribune. He also made unsuccessful bids for the Pennsylvania House, Philadelphia City Council, and the US Congress.
About his early life
T. Milton Street was 81 years old at the time of his demise. Milton was born on April 25, 1941, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States. He holds an American Citizen and he belongs to the black race.