John (John) R. Lewis (D-USH05)
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District FAX: 404.331.0947
Representative
United States House of Representatives
Room 343 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-1005

Residence: Atlanta, GA
Elected: 1986    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Lillian Miles (deceased)   DOB: 2/21/1940
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight
Co-ChairCongressional Structured Settlements Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sindh Caucus
MemberJoint Committee on Taxation
Co-ChairOut of Iraq Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mining Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Illegal Guns
FC MemberAppalachian Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Robotics Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Ways and Means
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Panama Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Peanut Caucus
FC MemberWater Caucus
FC MemberAlbanian Issues Caucus
FC MemberTennessee Valley Authority Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation
Co-ChairCongressional Philanthropy Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
FC MemberJoint Strike Fighter Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus
FC MemberFourth Amendment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Tennis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Global Road Safety
FC MemberCongressional Soils Caucus
FC MemberHome Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gaming and Entertaining Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Switzerland
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Brazil
FC MemberCongressional Fraternal Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberTextile Caucus
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC Member21st Century Health Care Caucus
FC MemberGreen Schools Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Allergy and Asthma Caucus
FC MemberFriends of New Zealand Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberHouse Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trails Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional State Medicaid Expansion Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Glaucoma Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Urban Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Clayton / DeKalb / Fulton

Bio

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 the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.

He has been called "the conscience of the U.S. Congress" and Roll Call magazine has said, "John Lewisis a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands widespread respect in the chamber." He was born the son of sharecroppers on February 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Alabama. He grew up on his family's farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama. As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts. In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Ever since then, he has remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements and the human rights struggle in the United States.

As a student at Fisk University, John Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1961, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, which challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. Lewis risked his life on those Rides many times by simply sitting in seats reserved for white patrons. He was also beaten severely by angry mobs and arrested by police for challenging the injustice of Jim Crow segregation in the South.

During the height of the Movement, from 1963 to 1966, Lewis was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which he helped form. SNCC was largely responsible for organizing student activism in the Movement, including sit-ins and other activities.

While still a young man, John Lewis became a nationally recognized leader. By 1963, he was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. At the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963.

In 1964, John Lewis coordinated SNCC efforts to organize voter registration drives and community action programs during the Mississippi Freedom Summer. The following year, Lewis helped spearhead one of the most seminal moments of the Civil Rights Movement. Hosea Williams, another notable Civil Rights leader, and John Lewis led over 600 peaceful, orderly protestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. They intended to march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for voting rights in the state. The marchers were attacked by Alabama state troopers in a brutal confrontation that became known as "Bloody Sunday." News broadcasts and photographs revealing the senseless cruelty of the segregated South helped hasten the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. After leaving SNCC in 1966, he continued his commitment to the Civil Rights Movement as Associate Director of the Field Foundation and his participation in the Southern Regional Council's voter registration programs. Lewis went on to become the Director of the Voter Education Project (VEP). Under his leadership, the VEP transformed the nation's political climate by adding nearly four million minorities to the voter rolls.

In 1977, John Lewis was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to direct more than 250,000 volunteers of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency.

In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council. While serving on the Council, he was an advocate for ethics in government and neighborhood preservation. He was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District since then. He is Senior Chief Deputy Whip for the Democratic Party in leadership in the House, a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, a member of its Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, and Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Oversight.

John Lewis holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Fisk University, and he is a graduate of the American Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been awarded over 50 honorary degrees from prestigious colleges and universities throughout the United States, including Harvard University, Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Duke University, Morehouse College, Clark-Atlanta University, Howard University, Brandeis University, Columbia University, Fisk University, and Troy State University.

John Lewis is the recipient of numerous awards from eminent national and international institutions, including the highest civilian honor granted by President Barack Obama, the Medal of Freedom, the Lincoln Medal from the historic Ford's Theatre, the Golden Plate Award given by the Academy of Excellence, the Preservation Hero award given by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Capital Award of the National Council of La Raza, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize, the President's Medal of Georgetown University, the NAACP Spingarn Medal, the National Education Association Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award, and the only John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage Award" for Lifetime Achievement ever granted by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. John Lewis lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He has one son, John Miles.








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