Written Testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration Hearing on S.1 — The For the People Act

March 24, 2021

Chairwoman Klobuchar, Ranking Member Blunt, and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today.

For as long as this country has existed, there have been two opposing forces that have fought over how we define and confer the rights and privileges of citizenship, freedom, and equality. Every step that has brought us closer to universal suffrage has been met by those — often those who are in power — who want…


America has lost an iconic son and a moral giant. Freedom rider. Marcher. Conscience of the nation. Throughout the course of his remarkable life John Lewis showed us how to dream of a better, more just world and how to make that “beloved community” a reality. He was the last of a generation that truly changed this country and brought it closer to its founding ideals. So much of what we take for granted too often today is as a result of his life’s work. The nation in which he grew up and that he helped to change is unrecognizable…


Seven years ago today, in their decision on Shelby County, the Supreme Court undercut Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and undermined a cornerstone of American civil rights law.

Before 2013, Section 5 had helped prevent discriminatory voting laws from taking effect by imposing preclearance protections that required a federal review of changes to voting procedures in covered regions. Basically, areas with a history of discrimination had to get approval from the Department of Justice for any proposed changes in voting laws. That section of the Voting Rights Act had helped prevent some of the worst attempts…


The dysfunctional, dangerous and shameful election last week in Wisconsin should be a cautionary tale for elected officials at every level of government. For the health of our representative democracy and the well-being of all Americans, the chaos and partisanship that took hold there can’t be repeated in states around the country this November.

Photo Credit: Patricia McKnight, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By refusing to move the election or provide adequate alternative voting options as they dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, Republicans used their gerrymandered majorities in the Wisconsin legislature to force an impossible choice on the people they are supposed to represent: forgo your civic responsibility and…


Remarks to the American Chamber of Commerce in Berlin, Germany

Thank you for that introduction — and thank you all for welcoming me back to Berlin.

Thank you for that introduction — and thank you all for welcoming me back to Berlin.

It’s always a pleasure to return to this beautiful city. And it’s a special honor to be here, tonight, as a guest of the largest American Chamber of Commerce in Europe.

This organization has always symbolized — and strengthened — the deep ties that bind Germany and the United States.

Through the Great War, the Great Recession, and…

Eric H. Holder, Jr.

82nd Attorney General of the United States. Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

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