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John Lewis' Biography


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Full Name:

John R. Lewis




Widowed: Lillian; 1 Child: John

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Troy, AL

Home City:

Atlanta, GA



BA, Philosophy/Religion, Fisk University, 1967

BA, Theology, American Baptist College of American Baptist Theological Seminary, 1961

Senior Chief Deputy Whip, United States House of Representatives, 1991-2020

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Georgia, District 5, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020

Representative, United States House of Representatives, Georgia, District 5, 1987-2020

Member, Atlanta City Council, 1982-1986

Candidate, Special Election, United States House of Representatives, 1977

Former Member, 21st Century Health Care Caucus

Former Member, Albanian Issues Caucus

Former Member, Brazil Caucus

Member, Caucus on Hellenic Issues

Member, Caucus on Human Trafficking

Former Member, Caucus on Turkey

Co-Chair, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus

Former Member, Congressional Arts Caucus

Member, Congressional Black Caucus

Member, Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans

Member, Congressional Humanities Caucus

Member, Congressional Human Rights Caucus

Member, Congressional Kidney Caucus

Member, Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus

Member, Congressional Progressive Caucus

Member, Congressional Soccer Caucus

Co-Chair, Congressional Structured Settlements Caucus

Member, Congressional Urban Caucus

Member, Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus

Member, Congressional Vision Caucus

Member, Cystic Fibrosis Caucus

Member, Diabetes Caucus

Member, Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus

Member, Foster Youth Caucus

Member, Fourth Amendment Caucus

Member, Friends of New Zealand Congressional Caucus

Member, Gaming Caucus

Member, Global Road Safety Caucus

Member, Green Schools Caucus

Former Member, Health Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Member, Historic Preservation Caucus

Member, House Cancer Caucus

Member, House Nursing Caucus

Member, House Rural Health Care Caucus

Member, House Trails Caucus

Former Member, Human Resources Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Human Resources Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Member, Labor and Working Families Caucus

Member, Missing and Exploited Children Caucus

Member, Native American Caucus

Member, Out of Iraq Caucus

Member, Out of Poverty Caucus

Member, Pakistan Caucus

Member, Peanut Caucus

Member, Science, Technology, Engingeering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Caucus

Member, Tennessee Valley Authority Caucus

Member, Tri-Caucus

Author, "Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change"

Co-Author, "MARCH"

Community Affairs Director, National Consumer Cooperative Bank, 1980-1986

Director, ACTION Federal Volunteer Agency, 1977-1980

Director, Voter Education Project, 1970-1977

Community Organization Director, Southern Regional Council, 1967-1970

Associate Director, Field Foundation, 1966-1967

Member, African American Institute, Martin Luther King Center for Social Change, present

Member, Bipartisan Task Force on Nonproliferation, present

Member, Congressional Coalition on Adoption, present

Member, Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention, present

Member, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, present

Member, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

Co-Founder, Southern Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam, 1966

Chair, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), 1963-1966

Coordinator, Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964

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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize

Hero Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation

President's Medal of Georgetown University

Golden Plate Award, Academy of Excellence

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award

Capital Award, National Council of La Raza

The Spingarn Medal, NAACP

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award, National Education Association

Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama

US Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, Jefferson Awards

Dole Leadership Prize, Dole Institute of Politics

Walter P. Reuther Humanitarian Award, Wayne State University

Father's Occupation:


Favorite Book:

The Bible

Favorite Movie:


Favorite Quote:

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" - George Bernard Shaw, "Back to Methuselah"

"It is non-violence or non-existence." - Gandhi

Favorite Type of Music:

All music. It uplifts me.

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Reading, travel, supporting the arts and peaceful change.


MARCH: Book One, MARCH: Book Two, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, Walking With The Wind: A Memoir of the Movement