WASHINGTON (AP) — The white Wisconsin lawyer and the black preacher from Georgia are veteran lawmakers and experts in civil rights law. When it comes to revising the Voting Rights Act of 1965, they've been here before.
Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Democratic Rep. John Lewis are working together amid a Congress marked by a bitter aversion to working together. Though political and temperamental opposites, they have paired up for decades on one of the nation's most painful issues— racial politics — and won overwhelming bipartisan passage when they have sought to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act.
The Supreme Court's decision to gut the product of their partnership has called them together again, but the odds of successfully persuading their colleagues to rewrite the law once again aren't clear.