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June 27, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. John Lewis celebrated with opponents of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) legislation after the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional. The decision is a vindication of a position Rep. Lewis has long held and adamantly express about the unfairness of the act.

May 15, 2013 Press Release


                “I am deeply disturbed by what I have heard surrounding the broad capture of Associated Press journalist phone records by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  I realize that we are entering into a very difficult era of cybercrime and terrorism and that we must use new methods to protect the national security of this nation that could require more intrusion than citizens have been accustomed to in the past.

April 4, 2013 Press Release

                ATLANTA-Tomorrow at the culmination of a series of programs hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology, Rep. John Lewis will receive the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage.  The ceremonies will take place on the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.—April 4, 1968.  Lewis will speak about the legacy of Dr. King in his speech at Georgia Tech tomorrow and discuss one of the last sermons Dr. King delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church. 

April 2, 2013 Press Release

Upon learning about the death of Elwin Wilson, the former Ku Klux Klan member who beat him when the Freedom Rides stopped at a bus station in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961 and apologized for his actions decades later, Rep. John Lewis made this statement:

“I am very sorry to learn of Elwin Wilson’s passing.  It is my prayer that he will rest in peace since he made amends to many of those he had injured.  He told me he wanted to be right when he met his Maker, and I believe Elwin Wilson accomplished what he set out to do.

February 27, 2013 Press Release

                WASHINGTON--Today at an official ceremony in the U.S.

February 25, 2013 Editorial
This week the Supreme Court will hear one of the most important cases in our generation, Shelby County v. Holder. At issue is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires all or parts of 16 “covered” states with long histories and contemporary records of voting discrimination to seek approval from the federal government for voting changes. The court is questioning whether Section 5 remains a necessary remedy for ongoing discrimination.
September 21, 2012 Press Release

Comprehensive Legislation Originally Introduced By Rep. John Lewis In The House Of Representatives Would Strengthen Federal Law On Voting Rights

September 20, 2012 Press Release

Rally at GA Capitol on National Voter Registration Day: Congressmen to Ensure State's Voters Ready on Election Day

ATLANTA, GA -- On September 25, 2012, National Voter Registration Day, hundreds of metro Atlanta residents will join Reps. John Lewis, David Scott and Hank Johnson along with a cross-section of Atlanta voter rights groups to make sure all eligible voters in Georgia are registered and prepared to vote this fall.

August 28, 2012 Press Release

        Today Rep. John Lewis participated in a panel discussion in Atlanta commemorating the 49th Anniversary of the March on Washington and honoring Atlanta’s unique civil rights legacy.  As the last surviving speaker from that March, Lewis issued this statement, a revised version of an early editorial, honoring this anniversary and anticipating the 50th anniversary of the March next year:

August 6, 2012 Press Release

    “On August 6th, 47 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.  We must never, ever forget that people right here in this country suffered, struggled and died simply trying to register and vote. They were trying to exercise a right guaranteed to them by the Constitution but denied to them by the unjust laws and practices of local and state governments."