John Lewis represents Georgia's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he sits on the Budget Committee and Ways and Means Committee. He serves as Senior Chief Deputy Democratic Whip, is a member of the Democratic Steering Committee, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Committee to Support Writers and Journalists
Lewis was born to a family of sharecroppers in Alabama. In 1961, Lewis joined fellow students on the Freedom Rides, challenging the segregation of interstate buses. In the Montgomery bus terminal he was attacked by a mob and brutally beaten. He was one of the founding members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), served as its president from 1963 to 1966, and was one of the keynote speakers of the March on Washington in August 1963.
He also served as head of the federal volunteer agency, ACTION, and on the Atlanta City Council, before election to Congress in 1986.
Lewis has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize, the NAACP Spingarn Medal, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award of the National Education Association, and the John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" award for lifetime achievement.