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Rep. John Lewis to Represent Leadership at Norwood Funeral

February 15, 2007
Press Release

Yesterday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. John Lewis, dean of the Georgia delegation, led a bi-partisan effort to honor the late Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA). Today he will represent the Democratic congressional leadership at the funeral of Rep. Norwood in at the First Baptist Church, 3500 Walton Way, in Augusta, Georgia.

Despite their differences, Rep. Lewis was able to remember Mr. Norwood as a beloved champion for the people of the 9th District of Georgia. Following is an excerpt of his written comments:

"More than anything else, Congressman Norwood was a warrior. He fought for his beliefs with passion and conviction, and he fought for the people of the 9th District of Georgia who loved him. He was awarded two bronze stars for his bravery on behalf of our nation during the Vietnam, and he fought courageously for patient rights here on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"In fact, his last official act was to reintroduce the Patient's Bill of Rights on Monday, a bill he co-authored with John Dingell. Charlie Norwood fought a good fight. He was a warrior to the end.

"The thoughts and prayers of all the members of the Georgia delegation are with his wife Gloria, his two sons, Charles and Carlton, their families, and his many grandchildren. I hope they will find comfort in knowing that Congressman Charlie Norwood made a lasting contribution to the state of Georgia and to this Congress. He will be deeply missed. Thank you, Mr. Speaker."