Costa Statement on Passing of Rep. John Lewis

Jul 18, 2020
Press Release

(FRESNO) Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement following the death of Congressman John Lewis: 

"America has lost a legend. Congressman John Lewis was a real American Hero – someone who truly cared and made a difference during his life. 

Known as the “Conscience of the Congress,” when John Lewis spoke, everyone listened. He was a mentor for me and a role model for everyone. As a legislator and a leader, he displayed a passion and tenacity that brought real change in his lifelong fight for social justice. He was an inspiration for us all.

Twice over the past six years I joined John Lewis and the "Faith in Politics Institute" to retrace the steps of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s. These were some of the most memorable and important experiences of my 40 years of public service. Four years ago, I also had the honor of bringing him to Fresno to share his stories and engage on equal rights issues in the Valley. It was an incredible experience for all of those who participated.

One of the great fortunes of my career has been to call John Lewis my friend. It was a privilege to have served with him. Our nation will mourn his loss and we will all miss him deeply."