On behalf of the President & CEO and Board of Directors of COMTO, it is our honor to pay tribute to a civil rights icon. Congressman John Lewis dedicated his life to the fight for justice and freedom. His enormous impact on the history of this country will continue to inspire us all on making this world a better place.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Congressman John Lewis,” said COMTO President & CEO Brad Mims.” The Congressman served as the conscience of the Congress and was a personal inspiration to all of us. I was honored to be Mr. Lewis’ first Legislative Director when he was elected to Congress from 1987-1990 and no Individual has had a more significant impact on my career and my life. I will miss his friendship, guidance and wisdom.”
COMTO National President & CEO Brad Mims and Chief of Staff, Tara Baten McDaniel, had the privilege to serve on the staff of Congressman John Lewis. Brad Mims served as the Congressman’s first Legislative Director in his DC Congressional office. As Legislative Director, Mr. Mims was instrumental in the development and introduction of the legislation to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. He also worked to introduce legislation to establish the MLK Historic National Site in Atlanta as well as many transportation related initiatives when Mr. Lewis served as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee during his early years in Congress. Tara Baten McDaniel served as Staff Assistant in his Congressional office and Chief Deputy Majority Whip office.
Recently, Brad and Tara served on the Committee for the Staff Reunion for Congressman John Lewis, which convened the Congressman’s congressional staff in Washington, DC for a special event honoring Mr. Lewis.
Rest in Power Congressman Lewis. Thank you for providing us our marching orders. Your legacy will live on and we will miss you dearly.