Pelosi Announces Members of Congressional Delegation to San Diego for Christening of USNS John Lewis

July 16, 2021
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Members of the Congressional delegation she will lead to San Diego for the Christening Ceremony for the USNS John Lewis.  The program will honor the late Congressman John Lewis of Georgia and will take place on July 17, 2021, one year after the Congressman’s passing. 

The Members of the delegation are:

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi
  • House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries
  • Chairwoman Maxine Waters
  • Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
  • Chairman Gregory Meeks
  • Chairman Mark Takano
  • Chairwoman Joyce Beatty
  • Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee
  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
  • Congressman G.K. Butterfield
  • Congressman Hank Johnson
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Congressman John Garamendi
  • Congresswoman Terri Sewell
  • Congressman Dan Kildee
  • Congressman Scott Peters
  • Congressman Juan Vargas
  • Congressman Marc Veasey
  • Congressman Buddy Carter
  • Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence
  • Congresswoman Nanette Barragán
  • Congressman Anthony Brown
  • Congressman Salud Carbajal
  • Congressman Mike Levin
  • Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher
  • Congresswoman Sara Jacobs
  • Congresswoman Nikema Williams

“As House Speaker, it is my official and personal honor to lead this distinguished group of Members to pay tribute to our beloved colleague and dear friend, the late Congressman John Lewis,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “John Lewis was a true warrior for freedom, who helped transform America with his unrivaled courage, patriotism and goodness.  It is fitting that, one year after his passing, so many of John’s friends will gather this weekend to celebrate his saintly life and to christen a naval ship bearing his name, a beautiful testament to his legacy as one of the greatest heroes of American history.”

Speaker Pelosi continued, “As the USNS John Lewis sets sail across the sea in service to our nation, may this beautiful ship be a beacon of strength and inspiration as we carry on John’s life mission: to pursue a more perfect union.”

The USNS John Lewis is the lead ship of the T-AO Fleet Oiler Program, which transfers fuel to the Navy’s carrier strike groups operating at sea.  The remaining oilers in the John Lewis class will be named after prominent civil rights leaders: USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO 206), USNS Earl Warren (T-AO 207), USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208), USNS Lucy Stone (T-AO 209) and USNS Sojourner Truth (T-AO 210).


Speaker Pelosi

Members of Congressional Delegation


Speaker Pelosi, Members of Congressional Delegation Participate in Christening of USNS John Lewis


Saturday, July 17th, at 9:00 a.m. P.T./12:00 p.m. E.T.


Livestream of the ceremony will be available here.