Congress Celebrates the Life of Nelson Mandela

Speaker Boehner

The former South African president died on December 5, 2013.

House Speaker John Boehner issued the following statement on the passing of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and 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.”

Speaker Boehner, along with leaders of the House and Senate, celebrated Mandela’s 95th birthday in a ceremony at the Capitol Visitor Center’s Emancipation Hall on July 18, 2013.