Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., , flanked by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., left, and Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., participate in a news conference on gun legislation, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Democrats wind down gun control sit-in after nearly 26 hours

1:07 pm Jun. 23, 2016

WASHINGTON — Democrats on Thursday wound down their sit-in of the House chamber nearly 26 hours after they overtook proceedings as part of a push for action on a pair of firearms-related bills.

Members of the Democratic caucus began assembling in the

U.S. Rep. John Lewis watches primary returns roll in Tuesday evening March 1, 2016 as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed speaks to the crowd at a Hillary Clinton watch party at Paschal's Restaurant in Atlanta. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

Updated: John Lewis leading gun control sit-in on House floor

11:51 am Jun. 22, 2016

Washington – U.S. Rep. John Lewis led Democrats in a surprise sit-in of the House chamber on Wednesday afternoon as the party pushed Republican leaders to allow for debate and votes on gun control legislation 10 days after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

The rare form of protest began shortly before noon, when the Atlanta Democrat and civil rights icon stepped into the well of the House for a searing

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and a rendering of a new ship named for Lewis. (Courtesy: Office of John Lewis)

Bill would strip John Lewis of naval ship namesake

7:00 am Jun. 15, 2016

Atlanta Democrat John Lewis would be blocked from receiving a U.S. naval ship namesake under a bill introduced in the U.S. House yesterday.

Sponsored by Mississippi Republican Steven Palazzo, the legislation would bar the Navy from naming vessels after lawmakers

John Lewis to be awarded the Liberty Medal

1:26 pm Jun. 3, 2016

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, will be picking up another medal in September. This one is rather more prestigious than usual.

The National Constitution Center of Philadelphia says it will award the Georgia congressman and Bloody