Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I am very saddened to hear
Congressman Conyers passed away. He was a champion for racial equality
and changed Congress for the better by co-founding the Congressional
Black Caucus. John was a powerful and effective legislator who never
stopped fighting to improve our nation, which he served longer than any
other black Member of Congress to date. His career helped pave the way
for the thriving Black Caucus we now enjoy.
John lived through many pivotal moments in our nation's history. When
Rosa Parks struggled to find a job after her historic protest, John
rushed to hire her. She worked in his district office for 23 years
until her retirement. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was
assassinated, John began to fight for a holiday to honor him 4 days
after Dr. King's death.
It took him 15 long years, but John kept pushing to honor King's
memory and the battle for civil rights.
Vivian and I send our condolences to his wife, children, and all
loved ones as we keep them in our prayers in this difficult time.
116th Congress