Jerry Lewis (California)

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Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 41
In office
1979-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 1978
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
San Bernadino School Board, California
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Los Angeles
BirthdayOctober 21, 1934
Place of birthSeattle, Washington
ProfessionInsurance Broker
Jerry Lewis (b. October 21, 1934) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 41st Congressional District from 1979 to 2013

Lewis retired instead of running for re-election in the United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012. Redistricting had Lewis consider running in 8th District.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lewis was a "rank-and-file Republican."[2]


Lewis was born in Seattle, Washington. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1956.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Lewis's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Lewis served on the following committees:[5]


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jerry Lewis (California) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [6]


A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[7] According to the report, Lewis helped secure $2.7 million to redevelop the historic Barracks Row, which is four blocks from Lewis's D.C. home.[8]

Fiscal Cliff

Neutral/Abstain Lewis did not cast a vote regarding the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]



See also: California's 8th Congressional District elections, 2012

Lewis did not seek re-election in 2012. Redistricting had Lewis initially consider running in the 8th District. Paul Cook (R) defeated Gregg Imus (R) in the general election. Lewis, who is 77 and has spent more than thirty years in Congress, announced in January 2012 that he would "retire from public life."[10]


On November 2, 2010, Lewis won re-election to the United States House. He defeated Pat Meagher (D) in the general election.[11]

U.S. House, California District 41 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Lewis Incumbent 63.2% 127,857
     Democratic Pat Meagher 36.8% 74,394
Total Votes 202,251

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Lewis's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Lewis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Lewis's campaign committee raised a total of $688,155 and spent $1,148,216.[12]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lewis paid his congressional staff a total of $1,230,578 in 2011. He ranked first on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 4th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Lewis' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $195,000 and $195,000. That averages to $195,000 , which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[14]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lewis ranked 131st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[15]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Lewis ranked 148th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[16]

Political positions

Voting with party

November 2011

Jerry Lewis voted with the Republican Party 93.0 percent of the time, which ranked 105 among the 242 House Republican members as of 2011.[17]

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Lewis and his wife, Arlene, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gary Miller
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 41
Succeeded by
Mark Takano
Preceded by
California State Assembly
Succeeded by
Preceded by
San Bernadino School Board, California
Succeeded by