The death of Rep. Jerry Lewis was announced in a statement by California Republican Rep. Ken Calvert [Opinion]

Former California Congressmember Jerry Lewis has died. He is a legend in Inland Empire politics.

Lewis served in the State Legislature and House of Representatives but his career in elected office began with his local school board.

Former Banning Mayor Brenda Salas Freeman said, “Congressman Lewis was a great help to the City of Banning and as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee worked tirelessly for the residents of his district, Riverside and San Bernardino County, and for that matter California and the nation. Banning would not have swimming or recreational amenities without Jerry Lewis.”

Lewis was a great athlete in high school. He lettered in varsity swimming and basketball. He graduated from UCLA and was a proud Bruin alum. His high school honored Lewis by retiring his jersey.

Jerry Lewis was a force for good. He mentored many local and state office holders. One of those who worked side-by-side with Lewis is Congressman Ken Calvert, the Dean of the California Republican delegation.

Like Lewis, Calvert has been a champion for our Armed Forces and Military bases. Lewis and Calvert teamed up to prevent the closure of The Naval Base in Norco and in the process saved 1300 direct high-paying jobs.

Lewis left Congress with a long list of achievements and although he was attacked by critics and under scrutiny by the FBI, he is considered a respected and bipartisan leader.

Services for the Congressman have not been announced.


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  • Rep. Jerry Lewis: Twitter