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.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.