Lewis, 80, died Friday, several months after he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. The son of sharecroppers, Lewis survived a brutal police beating during a 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama. He represented Georgia in the House since 1987, and was known for his kindness and humility.
“Our nation has indeed lost a giant,” said Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga.
Earlier, Pelosi choked up recalling their last conversation the day before he died.
“It was a sad one,” Pelosi said of their conversation Thursday. “We never talked about his dying until that day.”
She recalled on “CBS This Morning” how the civil rights icon also threw his clout to women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and many other causes.
“He always worked on the side of the angels, and now he is with them,” Pelosi said.
It was not yet clear whether Lewis’s casket would lie in the Capitol Rotunda to allow people to pay their respects. The Capitol is closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic.