Tom Lewis (American politician)

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Tom Lewis
Congressman Tom Lewis.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 16th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byLawrence J. Smith
Succeeded byMark Foley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 12th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byE. Clay Shaw, Jr.
Succeeded byCharles T. Canady
Member of the Florida Senate
In office
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornOctober 26, 1924
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 1, 2003(2003-08-01) (aged 78)
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Political partyRepublican

Thomas F. "Tom" Lewis (October 26, 1924 – August 1, 2003) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida.

Lewis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving briefly in World War II. He was stationed in Florida during his service, and after his discharge in 1954, decided to live there permanently. Lewis earned a business degree from the University of Florida. He took a job at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and became an important executive. In 1964, Lewis was elected to the first of two, four-year terms as mayor of North Palm Beach, Florida. He left the airline industry in 1972 to become involved in the booming real estate business. That same year, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, serving until a successful run for the Florida Senate in 1980.

In 1982, Lewis successfully ran for a seat in Congress. He served until his retirement in 1995, representing the 12th District from 1983 to 1993 and the 16th District from 1993 to 1995. He sat on the Committee on Agriculture for twelve years. Lewis died in 2003 of natural causes.


External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Tom Lewis (id: L000295)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
E. Clay Shaw, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles T. Canady
Preceded by
Lawrence J. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Mark Foley