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John Lewis
John Lewis.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1987-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorWyche Fowler, Jr. (D)
Leadership
3rd Chairman, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
1963-1966
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,590,088
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Atlanta City Council
1982-1986
Education
High schoolPike County Training High School
Bachelor'sAmerican Baptist Theological Seminary, Fisk University
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 21, 1940
Place of birthTroy, Alabama
ProfessionCivil Rights Leader, Political Consultant
Net worth$64,504
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Robert Lewis (b. February 21, 1940, in Troy, Alabama) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lewis was elected by voters from Georgia's 5th congressional district. Lewis was first elected to the U.S. House in 1986.[1]

Lewis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 5th District.[2] He won the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Lewis was one of the "Big Six" leaders in the American Civil Rights Movement and chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).[5] Lewis, at the age of 23 and a leader in the civil rights movement, took the podium at the March on Washington in 1963 as the youngest speaker. He is also the only living speaker from the 1963 March on Washington.[6]

Lewis serves as the Senior Chief Deputy Whips of the Democratic caucus for the 113th Congress.[7]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lewis is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Lewis was born on February 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Alabama. He grew up on his family's farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama.[1]

As a student at American Baptist College, Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1961, he volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides. During the height of the Movement, from 1963 to 1966, Lewis was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which he helped form. SNCC was largely responsible for organizing student activism in the Movement, including sit-ins and other activities.[1]

By 1963, he was dubbed one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. (The others were Whitney Young, A. Phillip Randolph, Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer and Roy Wilkins). At the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963.[8][1]

Lewis holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Fisk University, and is a graduate of the American Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Nashville, Tennessee.[1]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lewis serves on the following committees:[9]

2011-2012

Issues

March on Washington speech

Lewis says Martin Luther King Jr. asked him to tone down the speech he delivered during the March on Washington 50 years ago.[11]

Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, the Georgia Democrat said he had planned to chastise President John F. Kennedy for not acting fast enough on civil rights.[11]

“Some people thought my speech as a little too strong, some would say maybe a little too militant,” Lewis said. “I said in the beginning, in my prepared text, I thought the Kennedy-proposed legislation was too little and that it was too late. And in another part of the speech, I said, ‘You tell us to wait. You tell us to be patient. We cannot wait. We cannot be patient. We want our freedom and we want it now.’”

But King, Lewis said, asked him to moderate his words before delivering the speech. “Dr. King said, as he read some of the text, said, ‘John, that doesn't sound like you,’” Lewis said. “I couldn't say no to Martin Luther King Jr. He was my inspiration. He was my hero.”[11]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Neutral/Abstain Lewis did not cast a vote regarding the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[12]

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia's 5th congressional district elections, 2014

Lewis is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Georgia's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Lewis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 5th District. Lewis sought re-election on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was May 25, 2012, with the primary taking place on July 31, 2012. Michael Johnson was defeated by Lewis in the Democratic primary[3]. Lewis defeated Howard Stopeck (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Georgia District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lewis Incumbent 84.4% 234,330
     Republican Howard Stopeck 15.6% 43,335
Total Votes 277,665
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Georgia District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lewis Incumbent 80.8% 69,985
Michael Johnson 19.2% 16,666
Total Votes 86,651

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lewis is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Lewis raised a total of $5,590,088 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[17]

John Lewis (Georgia)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 5) Won $1,238,299
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 5) Won $1,013,992
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 5) Won $1,267,597
2006 U.S. House (Georgia, District 5) Won $628,202
2004 U.S. House (Georgia, District 5) Won $421,030
2002 U.S. House (Georgia, District 5) Won $338,831
2000 U.S. House (Georgia, District 5) Won $682,137
Grand Total Raised $5,590,088

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lewis' reports.[18]

John Lewis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]4/17/2013$206,722.39$46,925.00$(53,392.65)$200,254.74
July Quarterly[20]7/15/2013$200,254.74$62,568.40$(58,153.97)$204,669.17
Running totals
$109,493.4$(111,546.62)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Lewis's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Lewis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lewis's campaign committee raised a total of $1,238,299 and spent $1,300,095.[21] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[22]

Cost per vote

Lewis spent $5.55 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Lewis's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Lewis won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Lewis's campaign committee raised a total of $1,013,992 and spent $1,115,868.[23]

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 5th Congressional District, 2010 - John Lewis (Georgia) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,013,992
Total Spent $1,115,868
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $107,759
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $92,206
Top contributors to John Lewis (Georgia)'s campaign committee
DaVita Inc$25,700
Gentiva Health Services$13,000
National Assn of Realtors$10,500
AFLAC Inc$10,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$89,450
Health Professionals$68,700
Health Services/HMOs$68,150
Insurance$56,000
Public Sector Unions$41,000

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lewis is a "far-left Democratic leader," as of June 13, 2013.[24]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[25]

Lewis most often votes with:

Lewis least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Lewis missed 1,056 of 16,284 roll call votes from Jan 1987 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 6.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[26]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lewis paid his congressional staff a total of $1,109,123 in 2011. He ranks 47th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 57th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lewis's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $8,009 and $121,000. That averages to $64,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 10.42% from 2010.[28]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lewis' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $9,009 and $135,000. That averages to $72,004.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[29]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lewis ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[30]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lewis ranked 21st in the liberal rankings.[31]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, John Lewis has voted with the Democratic Party 95.8% of the time, which ranked 40th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[32]

Recent news

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Personal

Lewis lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is married to Lillian Miles. They have one son, John Miles.[1]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Online Office of Congressman John Lewis "Biography of John Lewis" Accessed October 27, 2011
  2. ajc.com "Lewis to defend congressional seat in 2012" Accessed December 4, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press "Results" Accessed July 31, 2012
  4. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  5. Howard University, "The Big Six: John Lewis and His Contemporaries," accessed August 26, 2013
  6. NBC News, "7 Things to Know About Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)," accessed August 26, 2013
  7. Office of the Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer "Hoyer Announces Whip Team for the 113th Congress," January 4, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 John Lewis for Congress "Meet John Lewis" Accessed October 27, 2011
  9. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  10. The Online Office of Congressman John Lewis "House Committees and Subcommittees" Accessed October 27, 2011
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Politico, "Lewis: King asked to tone down March speech," accessed August 26, 2013
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "John Lewis" Accessed April 5, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "John Lewis 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "John Lewis 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  22. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "John Kerry 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed October 2011
  24. Gov Track "Lewis" Accessed June 13, 2013
  25. OpenCongress, "Rep. John Lewis," Accessed August 1, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "John Lewis," Accessed March 29, 2013
  27. LegiStorm "John Lewis"
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Lewis (D-GA), 2011"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Lewis, (D-Georgia), 2010"
  30. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  31. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Wyche Fowler
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia, District 5
1987–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Atlanta City Council
1982-1986
Succeeded by
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