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Congressman John Lewis Endorses Hillary Clinton

by Natalie Johnson /

Congressman John Lewis will back Hillary Clinton's run for the White House.

"As our former Secretary of State, Senator from New York, and first Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to be President of the United States," said Congressman Lewis in a statement released Wednesday by the campaign.

"I know her heart. We need her leadership, not just here in America, but all over the world. She is tireless in her advocacy for those who have been left out and left behind. She is ready to be President on day one. Hillary Clinton has my wholehearted endorsement, and I plan to work and campaign for her to see that she is elected the next President of the United States."

The civil rights legend first endorsed Clinton's historic candidacy in October 2007, but then shifted his support to back Barack Obama by February 2008.

SELMA, AL - MARCH 04: (L-R) U.S. Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL), Rev. Al Sharpton, Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton, U.S. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and former President Bill Clinton pray before and induction ceremony of National Voting Rights Museum Hall of Fame following a march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" Voting Rights march March 4, 2007 in Selma, Alabama. Bill Clinton was one of the inductees into the hall. During the 1965 march, which was to go from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, police used tear gas and beat back the marchers when they reached the Pettus Bridge. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Scott Olson / Getty Images

On Wednesday, the Clinton campaign announced the launch of a grassroots-driven volunteer team, the Hillary for Georgia Leadership Council (HFGA LC). In a press release the campaign describes it as a group of "60 elected officials, community, student, coalition and grassroots leaders... that will help Hillary to win the Georgia Primary on March 1."

The council will lead the state's campaign activities by recruiting more volunteers, amplifying the campaign's voice and educating voters on Clinton's efforts to raise middle class wages and reform health care and the criminal justice system for Georgia residents.

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and State Rep. Stacey Evans also joined the Hillary for Georgia Leadership Council.

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