U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee was arrested Thursday afternoon at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. while protesting for new voting rights legislation.
After attending a lengthy House oversight subcommittee meeting in which Texas Democrats discussed the disproportionate impacts of new voting restrictions on minorities, Jackson Lee went to join a march to a nearby Senate office building where she tweeted she planned to “protest the Senate’s nonaction on voting rights!”
Jackson Lee is now the third member of the Congressional Black Caucus to have been arrested for demonstrating against state-led voting restrictions, joining Reps. Joyce Beatty (OH) and Hank Johnson (GA) who were arrested earlier this month.
“I will never stop fighting for voting rights! The time is now to move the voting rights bills in the US Senate forward!! Enough is enough,” Jackson Lee tweeted alongside photos of the arrest, before later adding: “I believe when you’re getting into good trouble, when you realize the 15th Amendment has guaranteed the fundamental right to vote, any action that is a peaceful action of civil disobedience is worthy and more to push all of us to do better and to do more.”
Democrats have since spoken out in support of the Houston Democrat. Jamarr Brown, the co-executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, called Jackson Lee an “unwavering voice for justice” following news of her arrest.
“This is what leadership looks like,” he said in a statement. “Throughout history, Black women like Rep. Jackson Lee have led the way on civil and voting rights issues, and today, as we face the greatest civil rights struggles of our time, Black women remain the leaders at the heart of this fight.”