John R. Lewis was a Representative from Georgia, and was born in Troy, Alabama.
He attended the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee in 1961 and received a B.A. from Fisk University, in 1967
He served as chairman of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1963-1966; and was director of ACTION, from 1977-1980.
He was community affairs director at National Consumer Co-op Bank in Atlanta from 1980-1986, and was a member of the Atlanta city council from 1982-1986.
He was elected as a Democrat to the One Hundredth and to the fifteen succeeding Congresses until his death (January 3, 1987-July 17, 2020).