Allred Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

July 18, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis:

“Aly and I were heartbroken to learn of the passing of Congressman John Lewis. Congressman Lewis is the reason I became a civil rights lawyer, and I would not be a member of Congress if it wasn’t for his love of his country and his commitment to fighting for the soul of our nation by causing some good trouble.

“Heartbreak cannot describe the pain we feel after such a loss. But Congressman Lewis in many ways was more than a man, he represented the best of us and the best of our nation. As we mourn together, I want to share a powerful quote from Congressman Lewis. 

‘Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.’

“We have so much work to do to finish the work of Congressman Lewis. We will honor his life by continuing his commitment to remain so incredibly hopeful for change, despite seeing the darkest of times. 

“Aly and I send our deepest condolences to the Lewis family, his constituents in Georgia and to the countless others whose lives he touched.”