Sarbanes Delivers Remarks in Memory of John Lewis

July 23, 2020
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in memory of Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.).

See below for the full video, along with a transcript of the remarks.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

“I rise to remember John Lewis – our colleague, our friend, our inspiration.

“In life, you are blessed if the chance comes to cross paths with those that history has anointed to be great difference makers in the journey towards a more compassionate and just world. I will forever be grateful that for the last 14 years, I had the opportunity to serve with this extraordinary man, to witness his commitment to improving the lives of every American.

“I had the privilege to work closely with John in our efforts to clear a path to the ballot box, to insist on accountability and transparency in government and to push back on the influence of money and special interests in our politics.

“Whatever the issue, whatever the struggle, John Lewis’ exhortation to us was consistent: Keep your eyes on the prize, never give up and never give in.

“We carry his legacy forward – his struggle for voting rights, civil rights and human rights – for the voiceless, for a democracy that respects the people and lifts up our nation. His struggle is our struggle, and we will keep marching knowing that he is at our side. May his memory be eternal. I yield back.”