David R. Lewis

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David R. Lewis
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Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 53rd district
In office
2002 – present
Preceded by Donald S. Davis
Personal details
Born (1971-03-06) March 6, 1971 (age 46)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michelle Lawrence
Residence Dunn, North Carolina
Alma mater Campbell University
Profession Farmer
Religion Baptist
Website www.davidlewis.org

David R. Lewis (born March 6, 1971) is a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 53rd House District since 2002. His district encompasses most of Harnett County including the City of Dunn and Towns of Angier, Coats, Erwin, and Lillington .

Additionally, Lewis formerly served as the National Committeeman for the North Carolina Republican Party.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Lewis was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina the son of Jean (née Hudson) and Donnie Lewis. He grew up in Dunn area and attended Cape Fear High School in Cumberland County, North Carolina.

After graduating from Cape Fear High School, Lewis went on to receive his degree in Business Administration from Campbell University.[1] While at Campbell University, Lewis served two terms as Student Body President and was also a member of the College Republicans.

He is a tobacco farmer and co-owner at Quality Equipment, LLC.

Political career[edit]

Lewis is best known for his work during the 2013 long session as the lead negotiator for the House on tax reform. Working closely with Sen. Bill Rabon and the Governor's Office, Rep. Lewis brought comprehensive tax reform to North Carolina for the first time in nearly eighty years. Rep. Lewis is also well known as the Co-Chair of the Elections committee, responsible for the voter identification legislation as well as his work on the most recent round of redistricting in the State of North Carolina.

At age 31, Lewis was first elected to the North Carolina State House in the 2002 elections.[2] Since his election to the House, Lewis has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Dunn Jay Cees, was recognized for Service to the Organization by the ALS Foundation, and received a Service Award from the American Kennel Club.[1]

North Carolina House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Standing or Select Committee

Rules, Calendar and Operations of the House (Chairman)
Redistricting (Senior Chairman)
Elections (Chairman)
Finance
Appropriations
Agriculture (Vice-Chairman)
Commerce and Job Development
Health

Non-Standing Committee
Joint Legislative Elections Oversight (Chairman)
Feasibility of Requiring Certain Reports to Be Filed Electronically Committee (LRC)(2011) (Chair)
Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations
Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee
Rules Laws Study Committee
Joint Select Committee on Tornado Damage Response (2011)

Lewis previously served on the Committees on Education, Education Subcommittee on Community Colleges, Insurance, Judiciary 3, Military and Veterans’ Affairs, and Transportation.[3]

Political campaigns[edit]

2002[edit]

Lewis defeated primary challenger, Teddy Byrd, in the September 10th, 2002 Republican Primary garnering 54% of the vote. On November 5, 2002, Lewis won election to the North Carolina House of Representatives by defeating Larry C. Upchurch(D).

2004[edit]

On November 2, 2004, Lewis won re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives by defeating Louise Taylor(D). Lewis did not face a Republican challenger in the primary election.

2006[edit]

On November 7, 2006, Lewis won re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives by defeating Frank Stewart(D). For the second election in a row, Lewis did not face a Republican challenger in the primary election.

2008[edit]

On November 4, 2008, Lewis won re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives by defeating Joseph Lindsey Tart(D). For the third election cycle in a row, Lewis did not face a Republican challenger in the primary election.

2010[edit]

On November 2, 2010, Lewis won re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives by defeating Abraham Oudeh(D). For the fourth consecutive election cycle, Lewis did not face a Republican challenger in the primary election.

2012[edit]

Lewis ran for re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the May 8, 2012 Republican primary for the fifth consecutive election cycle and defeated Joseph Langley (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.

2014[edit]

Lewis ran for re-election in 2014. He ran unopposed in the May 6, 2014 Republican primary for the sixth consecutive election cycle and defeated Susan Byerly (D) in the general election which took place on November 4, 2014.

2016[edit]

Lewis beat primary challenger, William "Chuck" Levorse, in the March primary garnering 79% of the vote. On November 8, 2016, Lewis won election to the North Carolina House of Representatives by defeating Jon Blum (D) with 61% of the vote.[4][5]

Electoral history[edit]

North Carolina State House of Representatives
District 53
Results 2002–2016
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
2002 Larry C. Upchurch 5,987 38% David Lewis 9,672 62%
2004 Louise Taylor 10,217 41% David Lewis 14,633 59%
2006 Frank Stewart 6,846 47% David Lewis 7,763 53%
2008 Joseph Tart 14,431 47% David Lewis 16,135 53%
2010 Abraham Oudeh 6,784 33% David Lewis 13,533 67%
2012 Joseph Langley 13,370 44% David Lewis 17,365 56%
2014 Susan Byerly 8,707 44% David Lewis 10,966 56%
2016 Jon Blum 12,678 39% David Lewis 19,548 61%

Personal life[edit]

Lewis resides in Dunn, North Carolina with his wife Michelle (née Lawrence) and their three children: David Ray, Henry Pierce, and Tille Christine. He is a member of the Long Branch Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church in Dunn.

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