Former Rep. Jerry Lewis

Republican  •  California 17 Terms  •  Sworn In 1979
Last Term 2011 - 2013 View All


Lewis was born October 21, 1934 in Seattle, Washington, and was educated at University of California, Los Angeles. He worked as an insurance agent in the Redlands, then as a staff member for Representative Jerry Pettis and was elected to the California State Assembly in 1968, at the age of 34. He was elected to the House in 1978 after the incumbent congressman retired.

In 1980 Lewis received a seat on the Appropriations committee, which he now chairs. According to the 2006 Almanac of American Politics, Lewis "has been unapologetic about channeling funds into his district." The Loma Linda University medical center received $26 million in 2000; the Perris Hill Plunge, inva swimming pool that Lewis once worked at as a lifeguard, received $1 million for renovations; the Jerry Lewis Community Center got $1 million; he brought in $40 million for national forest protection and emergency watershed protection in 2003; $13.7 million for a dining hall at Twentynine Palms http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/29palms.htm, the world's largest Marine Corps base; and countless other projects. Read More...

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