Editor’s Note: For an appreciation of Leon Billings’s accomplishments, see here.
From: The Baltimore Sun
Leon G. Billings, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates from Montgomery County who was a key author of the federal Clean Air Act and other landmark environmental laws, died Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn., after suffering a stroke while visiting family. He was 78.
Born in Montana, Mr. Billings moved to Washington in 1962 and had a 50-year career in politics and public policy. As the first staff director of the Senate Environment subcommittee, he was a primary author of the 1970 Clean Air Act, one of the most influential environmental laws in U.S. history and a foundation for current air pollution laws.