One issue he brought up might be fodder for the primary campaign: his seniority.
“The people in this district have been very, very good to me,” Lewis said, adding that he had tried to be good to his constituents over the years.
He said that someone with less seniority might not be as helpful to the district. “I know my way around,” he said.
Lewis represents Georgia’s 5th Congressional district, which includes metropolitan Atlanta. The state’s Congressional lines will be redrawn by a Republican-controlled Legislature in August, when Gov. Nathan Deal (R) is expected to call a special session.
Lewis sounded confident: “I don’t have any doubt, any reservation, that I will prevail in the end,” he said.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.