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June 25, 2021

“This lawsuit sends a powerful message that the federal government will not stand idly by as GOP lawmakers work overtime to undermine our rights and our democracy.”

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17) released the following statement after the Department of Justice announced that it is suing the state of Georgia over its racist voter suppression law signed into law earlier this year:

“Our democracy is in crisis. That’s why I’ve repeatedly called for President Biden and his Administration to do everything in their power to protect the sacred right to vote. I’m thrilled to see the Administration heeding that call by suing the State of Georgia over its racist, anti-democratic voter suppression law, S.B. 202. This lawsuit sends a powerful message that the federal government will not stand idly by as GOP lawmakers work overtime to unravel our democracy.

It is fitting that this action comes on the eighth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s disastrous Shelby County v. Holder decision, which gutted the Voting Rights Act and singlehandedly enabled S.B. 202 and other voter suppression laws across the country.

Today’s announcement is an important step in the fight to stop the far-right attack on voting rights, but lawsuits alone will not be enough to save our ailing democracy. Already this year, more than 400 voter suppression bills have been introduced in nearly every state house in the country. To meet the scale of this crisis and secure our democracy, we must pass the For the People Act in its entirety.”

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland and resides in Westchester.