T.J. Lewis

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T.J. Lewis
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Former candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives, District 45
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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T.J. Lewis was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 45 of the Illinois House of Representatives.


Lewis earned a B.A. in Political Science. His professional experience includes working as a fire fighter paramedic for ten years, with real estate finance title and trust for 15 years and as a district director/legislative assistant for the Illinois House for 5 years.[1]


Campaign themes


In an article with the Daily Herald, Lewis said that he is running for office "because of the fiscal crisis."[2]

Lewis' campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Public pensions

  • Excerpt: "First off I don’t want to diminish retiree’s pension benefits or just do away with pensions all together. There are examples throughout the state of IL where local government pensions are working. Basically this is a question of satisfying 218 Social Security Exemption Law. We need to allow the State, the Counties, Local Governments and the employees, the ability to determine how to budget retirement benefits, whether it be with a pension, annuities, or a 401k style (457b) retirement plan. As we progress forward with statewide retirement systems no doubt they need to be fully funded but it appears these systems are unsustainable. We should be looking at the possibility of enacting 401k type savings (457b plan) for people who have not yet entered into the public workforce and even extending this to people who are not vested in the state retirement systems. This will empower the employee to set his/her retirement strategies."

Income tax

  • Excerpt: "No I would not vote to make temporary income tax hike permanent. I would be willing to have it phase out over a period of time, which would assist in stabilizing the accumulating interest from our unpaid bills and the current pension obligations. Before we even start phasing out the temporary tax hike, we need to reduce our spending continue to consolidate duplicated services, sell off or rent-out unused assets and continue with pension reform. The problem in Illinois is not a revenue problem it is a spending problem."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Jenny M. Burke ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Christine Jennifer Winger defeated Seth Lewis, Daniel Brinkman and T.J. Lewis in the Republican primary. Winger then defeated Burke in the general election.[3][4][5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives District 45, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChristine Jennifer Winger 54.4% 17,420
     Democratic Jenny M. Burke 45.6% 14,581
Total Votes 32,001

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