Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is third House Dem arrested in three weeks for voter rights protests

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Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee was arrested Thursday for participating in a voting rights demonstration outside of the Hart Senate Office Building, she confirmed on Twitter, making her the third Black House Democrat to be arrested in three weeks under those circumstances.

"I believe when you are 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," she said in a video on Twitter.

She also tweeted a picture of her wrists zip-tied together.

Jackson Lee's arrest was also confirmed in a press release by the Harris County Democratic Party, whose district she represents in Congress.

"Once again we see a Black woman at the forefront of defending our civil rights and leading the fight to save our fragile democracy," said Odus Evbagharu, chair of the Harris County Democratic Party, in the release. "Congresswoman Lee understands we are at a pivotal moment in the history of our nation, where our sacred right to vote is under grave threat. She recognizes that we all must take action to protect this right."

U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.

Reps. Joyce Beatty (D-Oh.) and Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) were also arrested in previous weeks for participating in similar voting rights demonstrations.

All three House Democrats arrested for protesting have evoked the phrase "good trouble," a nod to the late civil rights icon Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who fought for voting rights on the streets and in Congress for more than half a century and made the phrase famous.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee arrested at voter rights demonstration

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