Members of the House of Representatives Lying in State in the U.S. Capitol [Updated July 28, 2020]   [open pdf - 794KB]

From the Document: "On July 27 and 28, 2020, Representative John Lewis, who died on July 17, will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. In a joint press release, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that Representative Lewis would lie in state both in the Capitol Rotunda--for a private viewing by Members of Congress--and at the top of the East Front Steps of the U.S. Capitol--for a public viewing. Because of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019], social distancing and masks are required to enter the viewing line and the Lewis family requests that 'members of the public do not travel to Washington, D.C. from across the country to pay their respects at the U.S. Capitol given the COVD-19 pandemic.' Members of Congress are encouraged to 'use extreme care and deliberation when deciding to travel to Washington, D.C.' Members of the public and of Congress are encouraged to pay their respects virtually by posting tributes using specific hashtags. There have been 33 individuals (not including Representative Lewis) who have lain in state or honor in the Capitol Rotunda or National Statuary Hall. The most recent individual to lie in state was Representative Elijah Cummings on October 24, 2019. The most recent individual to lie in honor was the Reverend Billy Graham on February 28 and March 1, 2018. Prior to Representative Lewis lying in state, a total of 15 individuals who had been a Member of the House of Representatives had received that honor."

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CRS Insight, IN11472
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