RALEIGH – While he doesn’t have the highest profile, when compared to Speaker of the House, Harnett County lawmaker David Lewis has, for years, been one of the most influential lawmakers in the N.C. General Assembly. The chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, Lewis announced on Friday his plan to retire after serving the 53rd NC House District for nine terms.
From North State Journal:
“[…] Lewis said in a statement, “Since 2003, I’ve had the honor and privilege of representing the people of Harnett County, and I’ve taken this great responsibility seriously, offering everything I have and everything I am in service, to improve the lives of my neighbors and our community. I’m proud of the growth both in our great State and within our beloved County, and I know the future of our community is strong.”
“In this esteemed legislative body, I have learned from spirited debate while showing respect for my political adversaries by avoiding personal attacks. A few years ago, President George W. Bush stated, “too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” I challenge each one of us to focus on debating the ideas while not seeking to personally destroy those with opposing ideology.” […]”
While Lewis is more recently known for his role in the protracted redistricting saga that Democrats weaponized to smear Republicans (as racists, of course); Lewis was also instrumental in spearheading Voter ID legislation, balloting the constitutional referendum, and played major roles in the historic tax and regulatory reforms Republican majorities achieved in the 2010s.
Lewis says he’s decided to commit himself to other efforts, while stating he will serve the remainder of his term. Lewis, from a region dominated by agriculture, has endeavored in farm equipment sales. His institutional knowledge and relationships, however, would obviously make him a valuable ‘government man’ for those in the business of hiring lobbyists.
His departure means a new representative will take the seat come 2021. We’ll bring you more when details relevant to the election emerge.