Dems wish civil rights icon John Lewis happy birthday: 'We are stronger because of you'

Top Democrats took to Twitter to send happy birthday wishes to civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' Harris now 'the most influential woman' in American politics Georgia Democrat introduces bill to bar Trump from Capitol after term ends MORE (D-Ga.), who turned 79 on Thursday.


Freshman Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (D-Minn.) shared a video of Lewis and other lawmakers dancing to Pharrell’s “Happy” at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting in her message to the veteran lawmaker.

“Happy birthday ⁦[Rep. John Lewis]⁩, looking forward to making #goodtrouble with you for years to come!” Omar wrote.


Others also used the hashtag “#GoodTrouble” to honor Lewis, who has urged activists to get into “good trouble, necessary trouble” to push for social change in the U.S.

Lewis, who has served in Congress since 1986, famously marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., and has been repeatedly honored for his civil rights leadership. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President Obama.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden talks NATO, climate change in first presidential call with France's Macron Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick Senators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal MORE (D-Calif.), who is running for president in 2020, shared a photo of her and Lewis marching together in Selma to mark the 53rd anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" Selma march in 1965.

“Want to take a moment to celebrate a Civil Rights icon on his day,” she wrote. “[Rep. John Lewis] we are stronger because of you. Happy Birthday!!!”


Others sending the longtime Democrat birthday wishes included Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBelfast's Troubles echo in today's Washington Federal government carries out 13th and final execution under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (D-Mass.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCancel culture comes for the moderates Biden expands on Obama ethics pledge Student loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers MORE (D-Mass.), another 2020 candidate.