Ron Lewis

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Ron Lewis currently served the Second Congressional district of Kentucky from 1994-2008

Ron Lewis was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 2nd Congressional District of Kentucky from 1994-2008. (map)


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Lewis voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Term limits

In 1996, Lewis signed a pledge with the advocacy group Americans for Limited Terms, taking on a self-imposed term limits, set to expire in 2002. However, Lewis broke the pledge and has ran for reelection since.

Main article: term limits


Lewis was born September 14, 1946 in McKell, Kentucky. He was educated at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University, and was a clergyman and owner of a Christian bookstore in Elizabethtown, Kentucky before entering the House. Lewis was somewhat active in Republican politics prior to his election, working in the gubernatorial campaign of Louie B. Nunn in 1967, and running unsuccessfully for the state legislature in 1971.

Congressional career

Lewis won the U.S. House seat in a special election to replace longtime representative William H. Natcher after his death. The Second District was predominantly Democrat in terms of voter registration, and Lewis was nominated by the GOP as somewhat of a "sacrifical lamb" in opposition to Joe Prather, a state senator from Hardin County, Kentucky. In a major upset, the unknown Lewis defeated the widely-known Prather by a 55%-45% margin — a result that many political pundits saw as a harbinger of the Republican gains in Congress in the regular election later that year. Lewis became the first Republican to ever represent the district.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated John Michael Weaver to face Lewis in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Lewis retained his seat.

2008 elections

Lewis announced on January 29, 2008 that he would not seek re-election in November. Lewis, who is serving his seventh full term, originally filed paperwork with state election officials to seek re-election in Kentucky’s 2nd. But he withdrew from the race at the last minute, just before the filing period closed, in an apparent attempt to pave the way for his chief of staff Daniel London to file to succeed him in Congress.[2]

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations

Committee assignments in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Ron Lewis. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2418 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-1702
Phone: 202-225-3501
Web Email

District Office- Bowling Green:
Warren County Justice Center
1001 Center Street, Suite 300
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 270-842-9896
TollFree: 800-367-6676 (In KY)

District Office- Elizabethtown:
Republic Bank Building
1690 Ring Road, Suite 260
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: 270-765-4360
TollFree: 800-367-6676 (In KY)

District Office- Owensboro:
1100 Walnut Street, Suite P15B
Owensboro, KY 42301
Phone: 270-688-8858
TollFree: 800-367-6676 (In KY)

Aricles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Gregory L. Giroux, "Kentucky Rep. Lewis Drops Re-election Bid at Filing Deadline,", January 30, 2008.

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