Thursday, February 23, 2006
CBS 46 Atlanta - John Lewis: Unfinished BusinessJohn Lewis: Unfinished Business
Feb 20, 2006, 04:14 PM
ATLANTA (AP) -- Rep. John Lewis said he will officially launch his bid on Monday for an 11th term in Congress, kicking off his campaign on his birthday.
Lewis, who turns 66 on Monday, is a veteran civil rights activist and the longest-serving of Georgia's 13 House members. He has recently been pushing for congressional renewal of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965.
"We must make this world a little more peaceful and a little more orderly and re-establish America with a greater sense of respect and credibility," said Lewis, a Democrat.
State Rep. Tyrone Brooks, his longtime friend, said Lewis' announcement wasn't a surprise and that he should clearly be the favorite in the upcoming race.
"I've always thought he would stay until he could no longer serve. He's still relatively young," Brooks said.
Lewis served as an Atlanta City Council member until he was elected to Congress in 1986. He was a prominent participant in the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march in 1965.