Lewis F. Payne Jr.

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Lewis F. Payne
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
In office
June 14, 1988 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Dan Daniel
Succeeded by Virgil Goode
Personal details
Born Lewis Franklin Payne Jr.
(1945-07-09) July 9, 1945 (age 71)
Amherst, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Virginia Military Institute (B.S.)
University of Virginia (M.B.A.)
Profession engineer, businessman, lobbyist
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1967–1970
Rank First lieutenant
Unit U.S. Army Reserve

Lewis Franklin (L.F.) Payne Jr. (born July 9, 1945) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He served the 5th district of the state, which covers much of Southside Virginia.


Payne was born in Amherst, Virginia. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and is a veteran and former officer of the U.S. Army. He also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. Prior to entering Congress, he was the founder and president of Wintergreen Resort.

Payne was elected as a Democrat to the 100th United States Congress, by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Dan Daniel, a conservative Democrat, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (serving from June 14, 1988 to January 3, 1997).

In 1994, his share of the vote fell sharply. Payne retired from Congress and ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1997. He lost a very close general election contest to John H. Hager, failing to overcome the tide of Jim Gilmore's gubernatorial victory over Democrat Don Beyer.

Subsequently, he joined McGuireWoods Consulting, a Washington, D.C., government relations firm associated with the Richmond-based law firm McGuireWoods, LLP.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1988; Payne was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 59.3% of the vote in a special election, defeating Republican Linda L. Arey; Payne was re-elected with 54.19% of the vote in the general election, defeating Republican Charles Robert Hawkins and Independent J.F. Cole.
  • 1990; Payne was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1992; Payne was re-elected with 68.9% of the vote, defeating Republican W.A. Hurlburt
  • 1994; Payne was re-elected with 53.28% of the vote, defeating Republican George C. Landrith.

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