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August 6, 2019 Press Release

“It was today 54 years ago that President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.  Just five months after Bloody Sunday, the conflict on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, Johnson introduced legislation that responded to the demand that all Americans participate equally in the democratic process.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

Today during a news conference calling attention to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision that “gutted” the Voting Rights Act, Rep. John Lewis made the following statement:

“I have said this before, and I will say it again.  The vote is precious.  It is almost sacred.  It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.

February 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Lead sponsors Rep. John Lewis (GA-5), House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (SC-6), and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) reintroduced the Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 1275) in the House of Representatives yesterday.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will introduce a companion version in the Senate.  

November 28, 2018 Press Release

I join my colleagues in adamantly opposing the nomination of Thomas Farr to the U.S. District Court.  The right to vote is precious, almost sacred.  It is the most powerful tool of non-violent reform available to every citizen in our democracy.

August 6, 2018 Press Release

“Today, on the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) by President Lyndon Johnson, we celebrate a milestone in American history.  With the stroke of a pen, millions of Americans were ushered into the democratic process.  In 1964 in Holmes County, Mississippi, there were only twelve black registered voters.  By 1965, there were 28,500, and by 1984 there were 406,000.

July 18, 2018 Press Release

I want to thank my friend, the Gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr. McGovern) for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to oppose this rule and to support the previous question.

In a democracy, the right to vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.  Many people marched and protested for the right to vote.  Some gave a little blood, and others lost their lives.

July 16, 2018 Press Release

“I am deeply disturbed by the outcome of the Helsinki summit.  The leader of this nation takes an oath before God to defend this country from all enemies both foreign and domestic, but this president is not defending the American way of life.  He seems afraid to hold Russia accountable for its infringement on the election of 2016.

June 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Lewis will use these prepared remarks today at the SPEAKOUT rally on the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 10:30 AM.  He joins other members of the Democratic leadership, other colleagues, and activists in an effort to persuade this Congress to repair the Voting Rights Act.  Hailed as the most effective voting access tool this nation has ever employed, the heart of the act—the formula used to apply its power to state electoral systems—was gutted by an ill-conceived U.S. Supreme Court decision.  Congress has the ability to repair what was damaged.

May 12, 2017 Press Release

              “I am not certain what more the White House could do to signal its utter disregard for the democratic process in this country.  While we as a nation are trying to evaluate why the FBI director was fired shortly after he requested more funds to continue the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, the president moves to establish a so-called “election integrity” commission.

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