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Graves Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

Washington, July 18, 2020 -

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) released the below statement today following the passing of Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis:

“John was a dear friend. I first met John Lewis the day I was sworn into Congress. As the Dean of the Georgia delegation, he introduced me to the entire House with a classic John Lewis-style speech filled with passion. He then stood with me as I repeated the oath of office. It was an honor to stand beside him. 

“John was a fighter. In the face of injustice and hatred, he put his life on the line to stand up for what was right. For more than three decades he fought for Georgia families in Congress while serving as a steady voice of reason, civility and justice. 

“I will never forget joining him last December to pay tribute to our friend Senator Johnny Isakson. We stood as friends and fellow Georgians, not as Democrats or Republicans. It’s a moment I will always remember. I am lucky to have served alongside John Lewis. God bless him and his family in the days to come.”

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