O’Halleran Mourns Passage of Civil Rights Leader Congressman John Lewis
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—This morning, following news that civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis had passed away at the age of 80, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:
“My heart is heavy with the news of John’s passing today, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. A fighter for human rights, racial equality, and the people of Georgia, John was instrumental in the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the organization of sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, the Freedom Rides, the 1963 March on Washington, and so many more brave and selfless actions that led to real change in our country.
“On the House floor, when John rose to talk about civil rights, the room changed. Other Members stopped what they were doing and paid attention, truly listening. It was an honor to know and learn from John. I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to work with him in the House of Representatives.
“We need John’s leadership now more than ever, and we must continue his transformative style of making “good trouble” to better our nation as we work to create a more perfect Union. As John said, “we have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history.”
“In times like these, Washington feels more divided than ever, but John Lewis was an unwavering figure who rose above division and worked with Members on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress, as a hero to so many of us. I know my colleagues and I will honor his legacy and use his example to guide us as we fight to make our country into the place he envisioned—one free of discrimination, division, and hate. He left an indelible mark on me, our Congress, and our country.”