John Lewis released from hospital

John Lewis released from hospital
© Greg Nash

Rep. John LewisJohn LewisCongress losing faith in Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi Obama to urge rejection of 'authoritarian politics and policies' in speech Florida's Darren Soto fends off Dem challenge from Alan Grayson MORE (D-Ga.) was released from the hospital on Sunday with a "clean bill of health," according to a statement from his chief of staff. 

"Rep. John Lewis has been released from the hospital this evening," Lewis wrote in the statement. "All tests have been completed, and doctors have given him a 'clean bill of health.' "


Lewis was hospitalized for undisclosed reasons on Saturday evening after falling ill on a flight to Atlanta, according to multiple reports.

"He thanks everyone who shared their thoughts, prayers and concerns during his stay," Lewis added.

The 78-year-old was unable to attend a scheduled event in Atlanta on Saturday night. 

Lewis, a civil rights icon, was a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s and led the voting rights march in Selma, Ala. alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Lewis's office has said he has been arrested 45 times for his activism, including five times since he was elected to Congress in 1986. He was hit in the head by a state trooper with a nightstick during the Selma march.  

Reports from Lewis's office earlier on Sunday said he was "resting very comfortably."