New Georgia senators carry John Lewis' influence with them

John Lewis was the last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He is best remembered for leading 600 protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965. John Lewis was the last survivor of the Big Six civil rights activists, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He is best remembered for leading 600 protesters across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965. | 

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Created: January 24, 2021 09:01 AM

ATLANTA (AP) - Six months after his death, the late civil rights leader and longtime Georgia congressman John Lewis will retain a palpable influence in Congress.

The state's two new Democratic U.S. senators are both personal friends and admirers of Lewis. And both have promised to carry on his legacy.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock was Lewis’ pastor and stood at his bedside before Lewis died.

The 33-year-old Jon Ossoff served as an intern in Lewis’ Washington office years ago.

Together, their election victories swung control of the Senate to Democrats.

Warnock and Ossoff were sworn into office on Wednesday.

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