Fleischmann Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

July 18, 2020
Press Release

CHATTANOOGA, TN — Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03), released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis:

“Words cannot adequately describe the grief I feel learning of the passing of Congressman John Lewis. While I had the honor of serving alongside him in Congress for nearly a decade, John’s legacy extends far beyond the halls of Congress. A leader, a freedom fighter, and a man of faith, John exemplified the very best of what America is and what every American should strive to be. 

“John was a kind soul, he treated everyone with the same respect and kindness, whether you were a stranger or an old friend. 

“Several years ago, I shared a wonderful book with John written by one of my constituents on the experiences of African Americans in McMinn County, Tennessee. On a warm day in Washington D.C. John took the time to join me in giving her a phone call. He took the time to read, cherish, and thank her for her work, and that’s just the kind of man John was. 

“While we may have had political differences, we had a shared commitment to civil rights, freedom, and respect towards all Americans. Thank you, John. Your humble colleague, Chuck.”