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Encyclopedia > Jerry Lewis (politician)
Jerry Lewis


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from
California's 41st district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 15, 1979
Preceded by Gary Miller
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born October 21, 1934
Seattle, Washington
Political party Republican
Spouse Arlene Lewis
Religion Presbyterian

Charles Jeremy "Jerry" Lewis (born October 21, 1934), an American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1979, representing the 41st District of California. Image File history File linksMetadata Jerry_Lewis_(US_Rep). ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is the lower of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The 41st Congressional District in California represents a part of eastern San Diego County, with Redlands the primary metropolitan area. ... // In politics The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... Gary G. Miller (born October 16, 1948), American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing Californias 42nd congressional district (map). ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King Incorporated December 2, 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels (NP) Area    - City 369. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      For other uses, see Republican Party (disambiguation) or GOP (disambiguation). ... Presbyterianism is part of the Reformed churches family of denominations of Christian Protestantism based on the teachings of John Calvin which traces its institutional roots to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is the lower of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... The 41st Congressional District in California represents a part of eastern San Diego County, with Redlands the primary metropolitan area. ...


He is currently the ranking Republican member on the House Appropriations Committee. He served as its chairman during the 109th Congress. The Committee on Appropriations, or Appropriations Committee (often referred to as simply Appropriations, as in Hes on Appropriations) is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... The 109th United States Congress meets from January 4, 2005, to January 1, 2007. ...

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Early life

Lewis was born in Seattle, Washington, and graduated from San Bernardino High School, in San Bernardino, California in 1952, where he captained the swim team and was a basketball star, his basketball jersey later retired.[1] He received a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles in 1956. Nickname: The Emerald City Location of Seattle in King County and Washington Coordinates: Country United States State Washington County King Incorporated December 2, 1869 Mayor Greg Nickels (NP) Area    - City 369. ... San Bernardino is the county seat of San Bernardino County, California, United States. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The University of California, Los Angeles, generally known as UCLA, is a public university whose main campus is located in the affluent Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. ...


Career prior to Congress

After college, Lewis was in the insurance business. He was a member of the San Bernardino School Board from 1964-1968. He was on the staff of United States Congressman Jerry Pettis of California in 1966. He was a member of the California state assembly from 1969 to 1978. In January 1974, he ran in a special election for the California state senate, losing to Democrat Ruben Ayala. In the campaign, Ayala noted that two-thirds of the $130,000 that Lewis raised came from 43 donors - 22 of whom were Sacramento lobbyists.[2] The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Jerry Lyle Pettis (born July 18, 1916 in Phoenix, Arizona, died February 14, 1975, in Banning, California) was an American politician and a Congressman from California. ...


Congressional career

In November 1978, Lewis was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth United States Congress, in what was then the 37th Congressional district, with 61 percent of the vote; he has been re-elected every two years since then. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Ninety-sixth United States Congress Links and spelling have to be verified. ...


Committees

Lewis was chair of the House Republican Conference from 1989 to 1992. In January 1995, he became chairman of the Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies Appropriations subcommittee. In January 1999, he became chairman of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee. In January 2005 he became chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.


In October 2006, Lewis dismissed 60 contract employees, who made up the majority of investigators for the Appropriations Committee and its subcommittees. An Appropriations spokesman said the dismissals were part of a "bipartisan review" undertaken because the team’s recent work "has not been that good", but later acknowledged that Lewis did not seek the approval of the committee’s top-ranking Democrat, David R. Obey of Wisconsin, nor had he consulted with other committee Republicans.[1] David Ross Obey (born October 3, 1938) is an American politician. ...


Political positions and actions

Lewis is a member of The Republican Main Street Partnership and supports stem-cell research. The Republican Main Street Partnership is a group of social liberals and moderates in the United States Republican Party. ...


Lewis considers himself pro-life, opposes most public funding of abortions, but encourages family planning efforts, which he said has offended some purists.


He thinks gun-control efforts should center on stiff prison terms for repeat criminals who use firearms, but is open to considering requiring trigger locks and other child safety measures for law-abiding gun owners.


The American Conservative Union gave Lewis' 2003 voting record 80 out of 100 points. The liberal Americans for Democratic Action gave him five points. The American Conservative Union (ACU) is a large conservative political lobbying group in the United States. ... Americans For Democratic Action (ADA) was formed in January 1947, when Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Reinhold Niebuhr, Hubert Humphrey and 200 other activists. ...


Re-election campaigns

Between 1980 and 1998, Lewis received at least 60 percent of the vote at each election. In 2000 he won with 80 percent of the vote, running against two minor party candidates. In 2002, he won with 67 percent, with his Democratic opponent reported no campaign spending. In 2004 he again had no Democratic opponent in the general election.[2]


In 2006, Lewis ran against Louie Contreras, the owner of an insurance brokerage company.[3] In October 2006 it was reported that Lewis had more than $800,000 of his campaign funds to pay Los Angeles-based law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, for the services of its lawyers.[3] Lewis is connected to an ongoing federal investigation (see below).


Other

Lewis employs his wife, Arlene Willis, as the chief of staff in his office, at an annual salary of about $120,000 per year.[4] Before they were married, Willis was her husband's top aide when he came to Capitol Hill in 1979.[5] Lewis and Willis have four children of their own and three children from prior marriages.


Controversies

On September 20, 2006, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its second annual report on the most corrupt members of Congress, titled "Beyond DeLay: The 20 Most Corrupt Members of Congress (and five to watch)". Lewis was one of the 20. The organization said "His ethics issues stem primarily from the misuse of his position as Chairman of House Appropriations Committee to steer hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks to family and friends in direct exchange for contributions to his campaign committee and political action committee."[6] Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a Washington, DC-based advocacy organization which professes to fight corruption by U.S. government officials. ...


Relationships with lobbyists

Bill Lowery and the firm of Copeland Lowery

Main article: Jerry Lewis - Lowery lobbying firm controversy

There is currently a large amount of controversy over the relationship between Lewis and a lobbying firm, Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White, where his good friend and former U.S. Congressman Bill Lowery was a partner between 1993 and 2006. No individual has been formally charged with any wrongdoing, but there is now an ongoing federal investigation being run by the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles, and a federal grand jury in Los Angeles has issued subpoenas to at least ten local governments, universities, and firms. Congressman Jerry Lewis Former Congressman, now partner in lobbying firm, Bill Lowery The Jerry Lewis - Lowery lobbying firm controversy stems from the the relationship between Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) and a lobbying firm, known as Copeland Lowery Jacquez Denton & White, where good friend and former U.S. Congressman Bill... William David Bill Lowery (May 2, 1947–) was a U.S. Republican politician from California. ...


The basic allegations are that Lewis, by virtue of his chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee (since January 2005), and his prior chairmanship of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, has been able, through earmarks and other methods, to steer hundreds of millions of dollars to clients of Lowery's firm. Lowery and his firm have earned millions of dollars in fees from these clients. Lowery and others in his firm, in turn, have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Lewis' campaign committee and political action committee. Defense contractors who are clients of the lobbying firm have also given hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lewis, who not faced serious opposition in his re-election campaigns in the past ten years, has used his campaign and PAC funds in support of other Republicans, something that helped him become chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. The Committee on Appropriations, or Appropriations Committee (often referred to as simply Appropriations, as in Hes on Appropriations) is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. ...


In addition, two key individuals on Lewis' staff (Letitia White and Jeff Shockey) went to work for Copeland Lowery, earning millions of dollars for themselves; Richard White, Letitia's husband, has seen a steep increase in his income since he switched to being a lobbyist for defense firms; Lewis' stepdaughter has benefited from his ties to the lobbyists; and Jeff Shockey, upon returning to work of Lewis in 2005, was paid two million dollars by Copeland Lowery as "severance", based upon projected revenues of the lobbying firm for the eleven months following his departure.


Cerberus Capital Management and Patton Boggs

In March 2003, Cerberus Capital Management, a New York investment company, hired its first lobbyist, the powerhouse firm Patton Boggs. Separately, Cerberus hired former Senator Jake Garn, a Utah Republican, as a lobbyist. Jake Garn Edwin Jacob Garn (born October 12, 1932) served as a U.S. Senator representing Utah from 1974 to 1993. ...


In the early summer of 2003, Lewis said, he heard that "some business people in New York" were interested in giving money to his political action committee, the Future Leaders PAC. On June 16, the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, which Lewis chaired, preserved the money for a Navy-Marine Corps network, an $8.8 billion project that Lewis had criticized in October 2002, and a project that Cerebus had a major interest in, through its ownership share of MCI, a major subcontractor on the project, and Netco Government Services, another major subcontractor. MCI may refer to the following: MCI Group Holdings, an association, communications, and event management company. ...


On June 26, the full House Appropriations committee approved the action of the subcommittee. On July 7, 2003, Cerberus raised $110,000 for Lewis at a fundraiser, which Lewis attended. On July 8, the full House passed the defense spending bill which included the recommended action on the Navy project. Over the following weeks, Cerberus executives and their spouses, lawyers and business associates continued to donate to Lewis' PAC, bringing the total to nearly $130,000 for the month. This amount represented a quarter of all funds collected in 2003 by the PAC ($522,725).


Lewis also got Cerberus to help with his fundraising for the National Republican Congressional Committee, the arm of the GOP that gives money to House candidates. Lewis said he invited Cerberus executives to an April 2004 NRCC fundraiser he chaired that included a speech by President Bush. The NRCC got $70,000 in Cerberus-related donations during the first two weeks of April 2004, including $25,000 from Cerberus founder Stephen Feinberg, The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is the Republican Hill committee for the United States House of Representatives, working to elect Republicans to that body. ...


Eighteen months after the July 2003 fundraiser and the full House vote, Lewis won the chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee. He acknowledges that the fundraising efforts of Cerberus "played a very significant role" in winning the post.[4]


Military aide

Lewis' aide in charge of tracking defense appropriations was "a military officer on the Pentagon's payroll, an apparent violation of House rules and a possible conflict of interest".[7] Department of Defense regulations state that military personnel can work on committee staffs but not on the personal staff of an individual member. Lewis' aide, Marine Lt. Col. Carl Kime, has apparently worked for Lewis since 2001 while being on the Pentagon payroll. Congressional watchdogs call Kime's role a conflict of interest and defense experts state that his position may give the Marines greater leverage over contracts and earmarks in the Appropriations Committee.


On February 22, 2006 The Hill reported that the Pentagon was recalling Kime from Lewis's office. Kime's "service for Lewis appeared to violate the Members' Congressional Handbook issued by the Committee for House Administration, which defines a detailee as a 'non-congressional federal employee assigned to a committee for a period of up to one year.' The handbook also states that 'detailees may not be assigned to a member office' and cites the relevant section of U.S. law: 2 USC Section 72a(f)."[8]


Free meals

In October 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported that Lewis and seven other members of Congress flew to Europe in July 2003 to confer with officials in Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. On the 11-day trip, the group dined in restaurants from Warsaw to Lisbon. Instead of paying for the meals out of their government allowances, they were treated by a host of defense contractors and lobbyists, most of which sent personnel to Europe to host the meals. The free meals likely violated House rules and possibly federal law, experts on congressional ethics say; both prohibit members from accepting any gifts worth $50 or more; federal law also bans soliciting gifts.[9]


References

  1. ^ William Heisel And Richard Simon, "Inland Empire Pays Firm for D.C. Clout: Why local entities hired the concern when Rep. Jerry Lewis has long delivered U.S. funds to his district isn't clear. The lobbyist is one of his key donors.", Los Angeles Times, June 18, 2006
  2. ^ George Watson, "Issue revisits Lewis: Lobby concern raised in 1974", San Bernardino Sun, July 5, 2006
  3. ^ Erica Werner, "Rep. Lewis keeps spending on lawyers for federal probe", Associated Press, October 27, 2006
  4. ^ Salary of Arlene M Willis, legistorm.com, accessed September 20, 2006
  5. ^ "It's all in the family as lawmakers hire", AP, April 15, 2006.
  6. ^ CREW summary of ethics issues of Lewis, September 2006
  7. ^ Alexander Bolton, "Lewis’s use of military aide may break the rules", The Hill, February 2, 2006
  8. ^ Alexander Bolton, "Pentagon recalled Lewis’s approps staffer", The Hill, February 22, 2006
  9. ^ Scot J. Paltrow, "On Overseas Trips, Congress's Rules Are Often Ignored", Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2006

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Preceded by
Shirley Neil Pettis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 37th congressional district

1979-1983
Succeeded by
Alfred A. McCandless
Preceded by
David Dreier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 35th congressional district

1983-1993
Succeeded by
Maxine Waters
Preceded by
Chris Cox
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 40th congressional district

1993-2003
Succeeded by
Edward R. Royce
Preceded by
Gary G. Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 41st congressional district

2003 – present
Incumbent

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