Michigan & Ohio elected officials praise Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela dies at the age of 95.

Elected officials from Michigan and Ohio praised ex-South African South African President Nelson Mandela on Thursday after news of his passing spread worldwide.

He died Thursday at his home at age 95.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) issued a statement late Thursday that said in part, "Our deepest sympathies to the Mandela family and to the people of South Africa on the passing of one the greatest leaders of our time or any time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela."

Detroit Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers said he fondly remembers Mandela's meeting with fellow civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks during a 1990 visit that included a rally at Tiger Stadium.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder says Mandela sought to help South Africa and ended up making the "entire world a better place."

Democratic Sen. Carl Levin says Mandela will continue to inspire "and sustain those who seek justice against overwhelming odds."

Dearborn Democratic U.S. Rep. John Dingell says Mandela "stood defiant in the face of inequality."

And Flint Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee says Mandela "tackled racism and inequality head-on."