Sen. Raphael Warnock Joined By Others To Introduce Resolution Honoring The Late Rep. John Lewis


March 13, 2021

A beautiful sentiment. 

U.S. Senators recently introduced a resolution to honor the late, great Congressional Representative John Lewis, WSB-TV 2 Atlanta reports. 


Lewis passed away of pancreatic cancer last summer at the age of 80, leaving behind a mountain of a legacy and an indelible mark on this country and the next generation of leaders. Some of those leaders that he inspired decided to get together and honor Lewis. Following what would have been his 81st birthday, U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff, the first Black and Jewish senators to represent Georgia were joined by U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, to introduce a new resolution to honor Lewis’ memory. 

According to the U.S. Senate, resolutions such as this are pieces of legislation meant to express a single house’s sentiments. They are not laws and do not need approval nor the signature of the president to be introduced. Ossoff started his career in politics as an intern in high school, working for Lewis. This resolution is the first piece of legislation he’s drafted since being sworn in. 

“Congressman Lewis has passed, but he lives on through his towering legacy, his powerful ideas, and his monumental accomplishments. One of the greatest figures in American history, John R. Lewis was a passionate and courageous champion of peace, justice, and human dignity whose selfless work advanced voting and civil rights for millions of Americans,” Osssoff said. 


Senator Warnock echoed those sentiments, saying, “The legacy Congressman John Lewis leaves is a point of eternal pride for the state of Georgia. He believed in the promise and the power of the vote, and the way people can right our country’s grave mistakes by strengthening our democracy.”

Rep. Nikema Williams, who took over for Lewis serving Georgia’s 5th district, said she has plans to bring a similar resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives’ table. 

“Congressman Lewis sacrificed so much and risked his life so people who look like me could enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted today. He was a humanitarian, visionary leader, and a change agent whose fight for civil and voting rights has inspired people for generations,” Williams said. 


The new resolution will honor Lewis for “his towering achievements in the nonviolent struggle for civil rights.”

Thank you for your sacrifice, Rep. Lewis. Rest in perfect peace.

Photo Courtesy of Senator Warnock Twitter


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