Haaland on Passing of Civil Rights Champion John Lewis

July 18, 2020
Press Release

Albuquerque, NM -  Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01) released the following statement on the passing of civil rights champion John Lewis: 

“John Lewis was a champion for the unheard, invisible, and the oppressed. I’m devastated — we’ve lost a friend to all and pillar of moral clarity. I am truly blessed to have served with John Lewis.

“During the floor debate on HR 1, I sat in the Speaker’s Chair behind John Lewis in the well of the House Floor, while he closed the debate with a call for us all to fight for voting rights and against the obstacles that stifle our freedoms; I will never forget that moment. He counseled me many times about the past and about our charge as Members of Congress to be a voice for the underrepresented. He taught us all what it meant to be selfless, strong, unafraid, and fierce in the face of violence and oppression.

“We must take what John Lewis taught us and use this knowledge to make a better world. I will miss him dearly. My heart hurts for our country. Rest in power, Mr. John Lewis.”