Gib Lewis

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Gib Lewis applauds Governor Mark White's address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature.

Gibson Donald "Gib" Lewis (born August 22, 1936) is a political consultant and a former Democratic party politician from Fort Worth, Texas. He was the first person to be elected five times as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, but did not seek reelection in 1993, in compliance with a plea bargain agreement connected with his misdemeanor conviction of a violation of Texas financial disclosure law.[1]

A Texas Speaker of the House, Lewis spent his formative years in Cleveland, Texas. He graduated from Cleveland High School (Texas) in 1955 and enrolled at Sam Houston State College in Huntsville, Texas located in the East Texas' Walker County. Lewis was elected Speaker in 1983 to succeed Billy Wayne "Bill" Clayton of Springlake, Lamb County. He was a key figure in passing the 1984 education act, designed by Ross Perot and Democratic Governor Mark Wells White, hailed at the time as one of the most sweeping public education reforms in Texas history. He was instrumental in the passage of the 1985 comprehensive Texas Water Plan. He later led legislation to combat crime, including stricter laws against drunk drivers. An avid sportsman, Lewis carried legislation creating the "Operation Game Thief" program and was a sponsor of the Uniform Game Management Act.[2][3]

Lewis was elected to the House from Tarrant County in 1970 and named chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources in 1973. He chaired the House Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs in 1977. His political career began with his election to the River Oaks City Council in 1969. Born in Oletha in Limestone County, and reared in Mexia, Lewis arrived in Fort Worth, the seat of Tarrant County, as a member of the U.S. Air Force stationed at Carswell AFB.[2]

Lewis founded Lewis Label Products, a firm which specialized in pressure-sensitive labels. It grew into a multimillion dollar business. He also lobbies state government on behalf of private clients.[1][2]

He is the namesake of the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and the Gib Lewis Prison Unit in Woodville, Texas.

Lewis is married to the former Sandra Majors.[1]

Criminal activity[edit]

Conviction on ethics charges[edit]

In January 1992, Lewis pleaded no contest to two charges alleging that he illegally accepted a gift from a prominent San Antonio, Texas, law firm and failed to disclose it on official financial reports filed with the state. As part of a plea bargain, Lewis agreed to not seek reelection and to pay a one-thousand-dollar fine for each charge.[1][4]

DWI arrest[edit]

In June 2009, Lewis was arrested in Austin, Texas, on probable cause of driving while intoxicated. His breathalyzer test indicated a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.16 g/dl, twice the legal limit in Texas, and over three times the "best practices" limit recommended by the World Health Organization.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Gib Lewis Biography". Texas House Speakers Oral History. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  2. ^ a b c Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council (February 2002). Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846–2002 (PDF) (Revised 2002 ed.). Austin, Texas: The Council. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Lewis backs license suspension for DWI". Austin American-Statesman. February 15, 1991. p. B3. 
  4. ^ Kuempel, George (January 23, 1992). "Lewis pleads no contest to 2 ethics accusations - Speaker fined $2,000, spared jail time". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  5. ^ Fikac, Peggy (June 26, 2009). "Austin Police: Former House Speaker Gib Lewis arrested for DWI". mySA (San Antonio Express-News). Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  6. ^ Global status report on road safety: time for action. World Health Organization. 2009. p. 22. ISBN 978-92-4-156384-0. Retrieved 2009-06-26. "[B]lood alcohol concentration, or the equivalent breath alcohol content limits, … should be 0.05 g/dl or below" 

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