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Democratic Secretaries of State Issue Statement on Passing of Rep. John Lewis
Democratic Association of Secretaries of State (DASS) Chair and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis.
“The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State mourns the passing of Congressman John Lewis. There has been no greater champion for voting rights in our nation’s past half century than Congressman Lewis.
“For decades, John Lewis carried the torch of the Civil Rights movement and he inspired millions of Americans over multiple generations to fight for civil rights and voting rights. Thanks to Congressman Lewis, our nation has made significant progress.
”Despite the progress, however, we continue to defend against attacks on the fundamental right to vote that John Lewis fought and bled for. We pledge to honor John Lewis’ legacy by renewing our commitment to protect and strengthen the civil and voting rights that John Lewis was so committed to, even if — and especially if — it requires good trouble.”