Joined Rep. Sanford Bishop to lead a moment of silence
Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) joined Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA-2) to lead a moment of silence on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor Georgia Congressman and civil rights champion John Lewis. Rep. Graves also spoke on the House floor to honor Rep. Lewis, that video along with his remarks can be seen below.
“I first met John Lewis just a few feet from where we are right now, in the well of the house. I was a special elect member-to-be and it was John who welcomed me down in the well. I'll never forget that day.
“It was his thunderous voice that filled the chamber as he welcomed me and introduced me to each of you. He honored me that day. Afterwards, he embraced me and then he stood by me as I put my hand up and took the oath of office. It is truly a privilege now for me to be able to stand before you and to honor him, not far from where he honored me. As we remember the life and the legacy of (a man) who is known as a gentle, gentle giant.
“A man whose courage and strength in the face of injustice and violence will forever be remembered. A man whose kindness and humility was apparent to anyone who had the opportunity to meet him. Our nation has indeed lost a giant, and it's times like these that we must be reminded of the shoulders that we stand on. The shoulders of giants, like John.
“I'm better off because of John Lewis, we are all better because of John Lewis. Our nation is so much better because of John Lewis. So in the days to come, we should all strive to be a little bit more like John: humble, grateful and thankful for the opportunity to leave this nation in better shape for the next generation. May God bless John Lewis and bring peace to his family in the days to come.”