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Encyclopedia > Ron Lewis
Ronald "Ron" Lewis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from
Kentucky's 2nd district
Term of office:
1994-present
Political party:

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Preceded by: William H. Natcher
Succeeded by: Incumbent
Born: September 14, 1946
South Shore, Kentucky

Ron Lewis (born September 14, 1946), an American politician, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1994, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Kentucky. William Huston Natcher (1909 - 1994) was a U.S. political figure. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... South Shore is a city located in Greenup County, Kentucky. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 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 one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... The location of the 2nd Congressional district of Kentucky United States House of Representatives, Kentucky District 2 is a district of the United States Congress in Western-central Kentucky. ... Official language(s) English Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ...

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Early life, education, and career

Lewis was born in South Shore, Kentucky. He graduated from McKell High School in 1964. He attended Morehead State University from 1964 to 1967 and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1969 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science. Lewis returned to Morehead in 1980 to earn a master's degree in education in 1981. South Shore is a city located in Greenup County, Kentucky. ... Morehead State University is a public, co-educational university located in Morehead, Kentucky. ... The University of Kentucky (also as UK or simply Kentucky) is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ...


Lewis worked in the gubernatorial campaign of Louie B. Nunn in 1967. Nunn's victory got Lewis a state job for a time and encouragement to run for the state House in his native Greenup County in 1971. Lewis lost, but kept an interest in GOP politics. In 1972, Lewis served briefly in the U.S. Navy,[1] attending the Navy Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida; a kidney ailment resulted in his honorable medical discharge that year. Louie Broady Nunn, (March 8, 1924-January 29, 2004) a native of Park in Barren County was Governor of Kentucky from 1967 to 1971. ... Greenup County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. ... In the United States armed forces, Officer Candidate School (OCS) or the equivalent is a training program for non-commissioned officers, soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and recent college graduates to earn commissions as officers. ... Nickname: The City of Five Flags Location of the city within the state of Florida Country United States State Florida County Escambia County, Florida Mayor John Fogg Area    - City 102. ...


Lewis worked in sales for several companies, including Ashland Oil, before teaching for five years at Watterson College in Louisville, Kentucky, beginning in 1980 (the school closed in the 1990s). He also was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1980, serving as pastor for the historic White Mills Baptist Church, after attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1985 Lewis and his wife opened a religious bookstore, Alpha Bookstore, in Elizabethtown. Marathon Ashland Petroleum is a US based petroleum corporation. ... Louisville redirects here. ... The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is located in Louisville, Kentucky and is the flagship seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention, or SBC. Southern Seminary or SBTS is the oldest of the seminaries in the SBC and was founded in Greenville, South Carolina in 1859 by James Petigru Boyce who served... Elizabethtown is a city in Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. ...


Congressional career

1994 election

In 1994, Lewis filed to run against longtime Democratic William H. Natcher in the general election in November 1994. The Second District was predominantly Democratic in terms of voter registration, and Lewis, named as a candidate by the state GOP leadership, was considered somewhat of a "sacrifical lamb". William Huston Natcher (1909 - 1994) was a U.S. political figure. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ...


Natcher died in late March 1994, and a special election was called in May 1994 to replace him. In the special election, Lewis faced Joe Prather, a state senator from Hardin County, Kentucky. Lewis got support from numerous national Republican sources and many religious conservative groups, making his a well-financed campaign in a district that had never had a Republican representative. Lewis tied Prather to an unpopular President Clinton and a proposal to raise taxes on tobacco, the staple crop of the state. Hardin County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. ...


In a major upset, Lewis defeated Prather by a 55%-45% margin in a election with less than 20% turnout. It was a result that many political pundits saw as a harbinger of the Republican gains in Congress in the regular election later that year.[2] Lewis was elected to a full term that November, defeating Democrat David Adkisson with 60 percent of the vote.


One of the centerpieces of Lewis' 1994 campaign was term limits in Washington. He was one of five Republicans who signed a pledge committing themselves to a limited number of terms if elected.[3] In 1998, Lewis sent a letter to 3,000 constituents in 1998 informing them he had changed his mind about running in 2002 and beyond. "I made a mistake in 1994, and I admit that. I had said I would not run past 2002," he told the Elizabethtown News Enterprise in October 1998.[4]


Political positions

Lewis has a seat on the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax laws and deals with Social Security. He also sits on the Government Reform Committee. The Committee on Ways and Means is a committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Social Security in the United States is a social insurance program funded through a dedicated payroll tax. ...


In 2004 Lewis joined numerous Republican colleagues in sponsoring legislation that would allow lawmakers to override certain Supreme Court decisions by a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate. Lewis likened his proposal to the existing right of Congress to override a presidential veto with a two-thirds majority.


1996-2004 campaigns

The lowest percentage of the general vote received by Lewis since first elected was in 1996, when he got 58%. In the 2004 election, he defeated Democrat Adam Smith, getting 68% of the vote. Adam Smith is an American politician and farmer from Kentucky. ...


2006

In the 2006 election, Lewis faces retired U.S. Army Colonel Mike Weaver, a former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives. Col. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.war-veterans.org/Vetlegis1.htm
  2. ^ http://centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/article.php?id=LJS2006061501
  3. ^ Mark Birtel, "Term-limits: as the pledges come home to roost", Campaigns & Elections, February 1999
  4. ^ John Stamper, "Term-limits promise, 'change of heart' have candidates at odds", Lexington Herald-Leader, October 27, 2006

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Preceded by:
William H. Natcher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district

May 26, 1994 – present
Incumbent

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