Republicans, Democrats offer support after John Lewis cancer diagnosis

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are sending messages of support to Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats face mounting hurdles to agenda Democrats see opportunity as states push new voting rules Lobbying world MORE (D-Ga.) after the civil rights icon revealed on Sunday that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

.@RepJohnLewis, we are all praying for you following this diagnosis. John, know that generations of Americans have you in their thoughts & prayers as you face this fight. We are all praying that you are comfortable,” House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Republican proposes constitutional amendment to prevent Supreme Court expansion Business groups oppose Paycheck Fairness Act, citing concerns it could threaten bonuses and negotiating New US sanctions further chill Biden-Putin relations MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted on Sunday. “We know that you will be well.”

A number of Republicans also took to Twitter to send words of encouragement to the congressman after he announced his cancer diagnosis.


.@repjohnlewis is a hero to Georgians and all Americans, including me. My respect and prayers are with this fighter as he faces a new battle,” Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsCollins hits Warnock after All-Star Game pulled: 'Thanks for nothing' High anxiety over Trump in Georgia GOP Five big takeaways on Georgia's new election law MORE (R-Ga.) tweeted.

The outpouring included members of both parties.

“John Lewis is a giant—an icon of the civil rights movement, a leader in Congress and one of the kindest people I know. I’m praying for a speedy and full recovery. We need you making good trouble in the halls of Congress!” Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNew York Times defends itself against Project Veritas defamation suit Tlaib: US policing 'intentionally racist,' can't be reformed Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted.

Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyFDA ends restrictions on mailing abortion pills during pandemic Tlaib: US policing 'intentionally racist,' can't be reformed Pelosi's advice for the 'Squad': 'You're not a one-person show' MORE (D-Mass.) tweeted a video of her and Lewis dancing to “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire, writing: “I know we have many, many dances & endeavors in good trouble to come. Covering you in prayer as you take on this fight.”

“Deeply saddened by news that @RepJohnLewis has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Champion. Hero. Legend,” Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesRace debate grips Congress Cheney: Afghanistan withdrawal a 'huge propaganda victory' for terrorists Democrats vow to go 'bold' — with or without GOP MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted. “Mr. Lewis has always been there to fight for America. America must now be there to pray for and stand with him during this time of need.”


.@RepJohnLewis has always fought for what he believes in. And now more than ever, America needs his unparalleled commitment to build a more just and equitable future. He will fight this. He will beat this. His fight is not done,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOvernight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Hillicon Valley: Biden administration sanctions Russia for SolarWinds hack, election interference Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted.  

Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerFormer Gov. Pat McCrory enters GOP Senate race in North Carolina Lara Trump leads GOP field in North Carolina Senate race, poll shows Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid MORE (R-N.C.) joined other members from the opposite side of the aisle in offering support.

He shared a photo of him and the civil rights icon at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the site of “Bloody Sunday” in 1965.

“John Lewis has crossed many tough bridges in his life. He's never backed down from a fight, always standing firm & with resolve,” Walker wrote. “It was one of the greatest honors of my life to walk by his side across this bridge, & I will do the same as he crosses his next. Prayers, my friend.”

"I join the nation in praying for my colleague @RepJohnLewis. John has never backed down from a fight, and I know he will battle cancer with the same courage and toughness he has always demonstrated," House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseWall Street spent .9B on campaigns, lobbying in 2020 election: study Scalise: House would 'take action' against Gaetz if DOJ filed charges Scalise carries a milk carton saying Harris is 'missing' at the border MORE (R-La.) tweeted.

"Praying for my friend, @repjohnlewis as he begins his fight against cancer. They don’t make them stronger or braver, and I’m confident he will take on this challenge as he has every other he’s faced: with courage and determination fueled by his strong faith," Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonFive big takeaways on Georgia's new election law Warnock: 'Almost impossible to overstate' importance of voting rights legislation Top Georgia Republican says he won't run for Senate MORE (R-Ga.) also tweeted.

Other prominent political figures offering support included former President Obama.

Lewis said in a statement that while he is "clear-eyed" about the prognosis, doctors have told him that recent medical advances have made the type of cancer he suffers from "treatable in many cases" and added that he has "a fighting chance."

He also said that he plans to return to Washington in the coming days to continue his work in Congress and also begin a treatment plan, which he added “will occur over the next several weeks.”

Lewis was first elected to Congress in 1986. He rose to national prominence before his election as a civil rights leader for his work as a freedom fighter and for famously marching alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the March on Washington in 1963.