Cicilline Statement on Death of Congressman John Lewis

Jul 18, 2020

PAWTUCKET - U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) issued the following statement today:

“Over the course of his 80 years of life, on a journey that took him from a sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, John Lewis never stopped fighting to extend the blessings of liberty to all Americans.

"Whether he was leading us on another march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, sitting in against gun violence on the floor of the U.S. House, or joining Black Lives Matter protesters outside the White House just a few weeks ago, John Lewis always was the Conscience of the Congress. Our country will miss this modern-day saint, this giant of our times."

"Now, it falls to the rest of us to continue the work that John Lewis started. 'To get in trouble,' as he would tell us. 'Good trouble, necessary trouble.'”

“Four years ago, I had the privilege of working with John Lewis to start some more good trouble when he helped Katherine Clark, John Larson, Robin Kelly, and I organize a 24-hour sit-in against gun violence on the floor of the House. I will never forget his words of wisdom or the joyful enthusiasm with which he guided us that day."

"John Lewis was also a tremendous ally when I introduced the Equality Act to extend civil rights protections to the LGBTQ+ community. His support was essential and I am eternally grateful for all he did over the past five years to unite our caucus behind this effort and to bring the LGBTQ+ community closer to full equality.”

"My thoughts are with his son, John-Miles, his entire family, Michael Collins, his entire staff and all who knew and cherished this great man."

“John, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Our country and our world are more just today because you were with us. Thank you. Rest In Peace, my wonderful friend.”