Politics & Government

Rep. John Lewis busted for 45th time

Rep. John Lewis was arrested at about 4:15 p.m.
Rep. John Lewis was arrested at about 4:15 p.m.

It's  rare when a congressional office issues a press release saying that their boss has been busted.

But Rep. John Lewis's office proudly issued a statement Tuesday announcing that the Georgia Democrat and civil rights icon was arrested for the 45th time. He was arrested at 4:15 p.m. during a Camino Americano rally on the National Mall for Congress to act on a comprehensive immigration bill.

Lewis was busted more than 40 times during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, according to his office. He's been arrested five times as a member of Congress - twice at Washington's South African embassy to protest apartheid, twice outside the embassy of Sudan to protest genocide in Darfur, and at the immigration rally Tuesday. 

Lewis was one of at least seven House members arrested during Tuesday's protest, according to a McClatchy reporter at the rally. The others were Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Joseph Crowley of New York, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Al Green of Texas, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, and Charles Rangel of New York.