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The U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987.
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ENG: John Robert Lewis (born February 21, 1940) is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987. He was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), playing a key role in the struggle to end segregation. He is a member of the Democratic Party and is one of the most liberal legislators. Early life and activism Born in Troy, Alabama, the third son of Eddie and Willie Mae Lewis. His parents were sharecroppers. Lewis was educated at the Pike County Training High School, Brundidge, Alabama and also American Baptist Theological Seminary and at Fisk University, both in Nashville, Tennessee, where he became active in the local sit-in movement. As a student he made a systematic ...
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Rep. John Lewis Introduces SAFETY Through Non-Violence Act

Rep. John Lewis re-introduced a bill establishing a national initiative to make federal grants to community advocates, local, state, and tribal governments to teach the principles and discipline of non-violence to American youth. Lewis first heard about non-violent activism as a teenager when he was only 15 years old. He heard Martin Luther King Jr. talking about the non-violent struggle in the city of Montgomery, and that radio broadcast changed his life. He knew then that he wanted to participate in the work of non-violent change ensuing in America. To this day, he himself is still an ...

Congressman John Lewis speaks at Legal Aid event

He was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative ofGeorgia’s Fifth Congressional District since then. That district includes the entire city ofAtlanta,Georgia and parts of Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton counties. Often called“one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him ...

Congressman John Lewis at Occupy Atlanta

Congressman John Lewis visited the Occupy Atlanta rally at Woodruff Park last night approximately 45 minutes after its planning session, or General Assembly, started. Despite saying he did not want to speak, the civil rights icon was invited to address to the crowd. When the topic of allowing Lewis to speak was presented to the group, "Joe" (pictured in red) held up his arms to "block" Lewis from speaking. "Joe" said he was against Lewis speaking because the movement is "not about one individual" and that it has been built on the idea of "no hierarchy." The crowd decided the congressman could ...

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Rep. John Lewis Wants to Scrap Ryancare
WASHINGTON—During a marathon 18-hour markup of the Ryancare proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Democrats on the House Ways & Means Committee engaged in a long struggle to amend the Ryan alternative.  They were concerned that, as written, the proposal robs the most vulnerable Americans, including millions who were only recently able to afford healthcare due to the ACA, in favor of payoffs to corporate health insurers and the wealthiest Americans.  Ryancare was introduced without a Congressional Budget Office score, so no one knows how much Ryancare will cost taxpayers or contribute to the deficit.  Without the benefit of a CBO score, Democrats estimated that Ryancare proposes $191 billion in tax cuts for tanning companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and other corporations, and that Ryancare will cost American taxpayers $597 billion. In a process that the Republican majority structured to cut-off debate and limit the possibility that expert witnesses might r
Rep. John Lewis Applauds the Appointment Of Raphael Bostic to Atlanta Federal Reserve
WASHINGTON - Representative John Lewis applauds the appointment today of Raphael Bostic to become the 15th president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.  Bostic is both the first African-American and the first openly-gay president of a regional Federal Reserve Bank.  Bostic, currently a professor at the University of Southern California, served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama Administration.  His term will begin in June. “I congratulate Mr. Bostic on his historic appointment,” Rep. Lewis said.  “Atlanta is the cradle of the Civil Rights movement, so it is only fitting that our city be home to the first African-American head of a Federal Reserve Bank.  While such an appointment is long overdue, I am proud that Atlanta is leading the way.  Atlanta has shown that our nation succeeds when all voices and perspectives are heard and can come together to chart a way forward
Rep. John Lewis Wants Ryancare Republicans To Ensure Americans Don’t Lose Healthcare
WASHINGTON—Today during the Ways & Means markup of Ryancare, intended to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), Rep. Lewis offered an amendment to “certify” that no American would lose their healthcare during the repeal and replace process the Republican majority is advancing. The markup is being managed by the Republican majority in an unusual, piecemeal fashion. One part of the proposal is being debated at a time, instead of debating and evaluating the entire bill, as is generally the procedure.  Democrats made a series of objections to the Ryancare proposal.  They criticized the fact that the Congressional Budget Office has not “scored” the bill, meaning that members of Congress voting on the proposal, as well as the American people, do not know how much the bill will cost taxpayers.  Democrats see Ryancare as a payoff to the corporate health insurance companies at the expense of working Americans.  They also believe that Ryancare favors the rich an
Rep. John Lewis Criticizes Rep. King’s Comments on the need for a “Homogeneous” America
                WASHINGTON—In response to tensions surrounding immigration during the election season in the Netherlands, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tweeted this statement on Sunday in support of Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders, “ Wilders understands the culture and demographics are our destiny.  We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”  The statement has been widely criticized, including by the Chairman of the Iowa GOP, Jeff Kaufmann.  Well-known white supremacist David Duke, however, did indicate his support for King’s tweet.  According to a National Public Radio report, King refused to back down from the statement in an interview this morning adding, ‘”I meant exactly what I said,’ and that he’d ‘like to see an America that’s just so homogeneous that we’d look a lot the same, from that perspective,’”               Rep. John Lewis made this statement in response to King’s comment:        

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