Langevin praises Bush’s efforts in signing ADA into law
PROVIDENCE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island says he credits his current position in the House to former President George H.W. Bush’s signing the Americans with Disabilities Act.
At the age of 16, Langevin was injured while working with the Warwick Police Department in the Boy Scout Explorer program.
A gun accidentally discharged and a bullet struck Langevin, leaving him paralyzed. The Democratic congressman went on to become the first quadriplegic to serve in the House of Representatives. Bush signed the ADA, which is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability, into law in 1990.
Bush died Friday at age 94 and his funeral was held Wednesday.