Elizabethtown, Kentucky , United States
|| September 14, 1946
Jun 30, 2015 02:31am
Caucasian - Very Conservative - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Environment - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Gay Marriage - Anti-Labor - Pro Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Pro-Missile Defense - Pro-Smaller Government - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Pro-Tort Reform - Married - U.S. Navy - Christian - Protestant - Southern Baptist - Straight -
|Info||Ron Lewis was first sworn in to Congress May 26th, 1994, after a special election to fill the seat held for 41 years by the late William Natcher. Lewis' historic victory marked the first time a Republican had won Kentucky's 2nd District seat in 129 years. Lewis was re-elected that fall and in three subsequent elections, most recently in 2000. |
Kentucky�s Second District is home to Fort Knox, Mammoth Cave National Park, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, and over 50,000 people who depend on agriculture for a living.
The son of a tobacco farmer, Ron Lewis was born Sept. 14, 1946, in the eastern Kentucky county of Greenup. Raised in South Shore, KY, Lewis graduated from McKell High School in 1964. Lewis now resides in Cecilia, a small community west of Elizabethtown.
Lewis entered Morehead State University before transferring to the University of Kentucky, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science in 1969. He returned to Morehead State and earned a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education in 1981. Lewis also attended the Southern Baptist Seminary prior to being ordained a minister.
Lewis' varied job experience reflects the people of the Second District. He worked his way through college at Morehead State as a laborer with the Armco Steel Corporation. He also worked with the Kentucky Highway Department, at Eastern State Hospital, and began training in the U.S. Navy's Officer Candidate School before a kidney ailment forced his honorable medical discharge in 1972. Lewis worked in sales for several companies, including Ashland Oil, before a five-year teaching stint at Watterson College beginning in 1980. He also became a Baptist minister that year, serving as pastor for the historic White Mills Baptist Church. In 1985, he opened and operated his own small business in Elizabethtown before being elected to the U.S. House.
Lewis is a member of the prestigious Ways and Means Committee and its Social Security, Human Resources and Select Revenue Measures Subcommittees. He also serves on the Government Reform Committee and its Subcommittee on National Security for the 107th Congress. In previous terms, Lewis served on the Agriculture, Veterans and Armed Services committees.
Lewis is a member of the House�s Conservative Opportunity Society. In the 106th Congress, Lewis chaired this group of House members that meet weekly to discuss national issues from a conservative viewpoint. He also serves on the House Republican Policy Committee and the House Pro-Life Caucus. In the 105th Congress, he was chairman of the House Family Caucus.
Lewis has always been active in community affairs, serving as a member of the Elizabethtown Chamber of Commerce and as past-president of the Hardin and LaRue County Jail Ministry. He is also a member of the Severns Valley Ministerial Association.
Since taking office, Lewis has been honored for his voting record by a wide variety of organizations, including the following: Farm Bureau, the Christian Coalition, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, League of Private Property Rights, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, The Coalition to Save Medicare, The 60-Plus Association, National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business.
Lewis advocates a quality national defense and has worked in Congress to enhance Fort Knox�s position as a premier training site for armored troops. Lewis has been a consistent leader in preserving a way of life for family tobacco farmers in Kentucky through efforts to stop new taxation, regulation and litigation. Family-friendly tax issues are also important to Lewis. In the current session of Congress, the House has approved his legislation that adds simplicity and fairness to tax treatment for foster care families. He was a strong supporter of legislation developed in the Ways and Means Committee that reduces individual tax rates, ends the marriage penalty tax and eliminates the death tax. President Bush signed this historic tax relief into law this spring.
Lewis is the author of the "Precision Agriculture, Research, Education and Information Dissemination Act of 1997," which allows farmers to take advantage of high-tech equipment to increase yields and remain profitable in the global market. Lewis has also co-authored legislation (The Ewing-Lewis Amendment) in the fiscal year 1996 and 1997 Labor, Health, and Human Services appropriations bills to help keep college loans available for students borrowing from small banks and credit unions. In 1998, Lewis authored the Family Impact Act, which will require federal regulatory agencies to discuss how their proposed regulations will impact American families. In 2000, Lewis worked with the Ways and Means Committee to add a section to Medicare legislation that will help notify senior citizens when they qualify for extra assistance with Medicare premiums and co-payments, saving seniors in need money on their health care.
Lewis married the former Kayi Gambill in 1966. They have two children, Ronald Brent and Allison Faye.
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