Redlands, California , United States
|| October 21, 1934
Jul 30, 2011 12:03am
|Info||Charles Jeremy "Jerry" Lewis |
Jerry Lewis, a lifelong resident of San Bernardino County and 30-year owner of a successful life insurance business, represents the 41st Congressional District of southern California, including most of San Bernardino County.
Congressman Lewis is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for funding all federal programs. He is chairman of the National Security Appropriations Subcommittee, the panel with jurisdiction over all national security matters including the entire Pentagon budget. In this capacity, he is a forceful advocate of critical defense and aerospace jobs in California. Lewis also serves on the Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee.
Lewis is the immediate past Chairman of the VA-HUD and Independent Agencies Subcommittee, the panel responsible for funding federal housing, veterans affairs, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies.
From 1996 until 2001, Lewis served as Chairman of the House GOP California Delegation to lead California Republicans on legislative issues of importance to the Golden State. Lewis also served as Co-Chair of the entire delegation and worked successfully to unify California Republicans and Democrats to marshal the considerable clout of the 52-member delegation, the largest in the House of Representatives.
Lewis has secured federal funds for critical projects in Southern California including highway improvements along I-15 and I-40 in the high desert; a revolutionary cancer treatment center and NASA research at Loma Linda University; access road and terminal expansion at Ontario International Airport; and the construction of the Santa Ana flood control project critical to Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Lewis has played an instrumental role in pursuing tough federal clean air standards, fashioning effective crime and drug legislation, and securing emergency funding for earthquake, flood, fire, and drought relief for California. He has also been a national leader in providing decent, affordable homes for over 500 families across the United States through the "House that Congress Built" effort, a unique partnership involving nearly 400 Members of Congress, Habitat for Humanity International and numerous public and private entities.
Prior to his election to Congress in 1978, Lewis served in the California State Legislature. He authorized legislation establishing the South Coast Air Quality Management District in southern California, recognized as the leading regional air quality board in the United States. Lewis is also the author of the Child Development Act of 1972 which has since become a national model for innovative child care. Additionally, he sponsored legislation placing the "Newsman's Shield Law" in the California State Constitution.
Jerry Lewis graduated from UCLA in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government. He continued his education with a graduate fellowship in public affairs with the Coro Foundation in San Francisco. He and Arlene reside in Redlands and have seven children