The congressman’s spokeswoman, Brenda Jones, told the cable news outlet that he is under routine observation but did not disclose the nature of the illness or where he was hospitalized. Lewis reportedly fell ill Saturday aboard a flight to Atlanta, where he was slated to attend an afternoon event.
Since he was first elected in 1986, Lewis has represented Georgia’s 5th District, which comprises much of Atlanta. He played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement and in 1965 marched on Selma, Ala., with Dr. Martin Luther King. Images of what became known as “Bloody Sunday,” showed Lewis being assaulted by heavily armed state troopers, propelling support for the Voting Rights Act. Lyndon B. Johnson signed the measure into law a few months later.
In 2011, President Barack Obama gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Scores of well-wishers took to social media to wish him a speedy recovery.
In prayers for my friend and hero! Congressman John Lewis 'resting comfortably' after being hospitalized https://t.co/B9DO5mmRav
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) July 29, 2018
Dear 2018: You cannot take John Lewis. He must be here to see us take our country back and set the world back on its axis again. We cannot have let him down for eternity.
— Honey #DemForce (@HoneyDemForce) July 29, 2018
Get well soon, Rep. John Lewis!