7/23 @ 10:00 AM ET | GOP Leadership Press Conference - WATCH LIVE HERE

WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela:

“Nelson Mandela was an unrelenting voice for democracy and his ‘long walk to freedom’ showed an enduring faith in God and respect for human dignity.  His perseverance in fighting the apartheid system will continue to inspire future generations.  Mandela led his countrymen through times of epic change with a quiet moral authority that directed his own path from prisoner to president.  He passes this world as a champion of peace and racial harmony.  I send condolences to the Mandela family and to the people of South Africa.”

NOTE: President Mandela addressed a joint meeting of Congress on October 6, 1994.  This July, leaders of the U.S. House & Senate celebrated Mandela’s life, legacy, and values.