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C0031img.jpg - Kelly Lewis takes the oath of office for the first time in January 2001
Kelly Lewis takes the oath of office for the first time in January 2001
Kelly Lewis, who has earned a reputation as a dynamic and productive public servant, begins his first term as state representative of the 189th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with the commencement of the 2001-2002 legislative session.

Lewis, 38, makes the transition from county to state elected official after serving as the elected Monroe County Controller since 1996. In that capacity, Lewis oversaw annual operating budgets of more than $55 million for the second-fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania. By virtue of his election to the position of County Controller, Lewis was a permanent board member of the county’s Salary Board, Employee Retirement Board and Prison Board, on which he served as vice president. In addition, he served on the county’s Office of Aging Advisory Board.

During his tenure as County Controller, Lewis engineered several strategic initiatives that have benefited Monroe County. Most notable were his cash management plan that increased interest earnings for county accounts 32 percent per year, adding more than $300,000 in annual interest earnings, and his internal budget, purchasing and accounting controls that reduced county spending by more than $1 million per year.

Lewis also focused on fighting for the best interests of present and former Monroe County employees. He helped develop and approve a more equitable county employee compensation system. In addition, he implemented a pension strategy for the county Employees Retirement Fund that added more than $1.4 million
C0041img.jpg - Kelly Lewis continues his fight for a better and safer I-80
Kelly Lewis continues his fight for a better and safer I-80
to that fund, increasing employee pensions by 34 percent and retiree pension adjustments by 25 percent - all at no cost to the taxpayer.

Lewis’ accomplishments as county controller include identifying malfeasance and righting those wrongs. He caught two elected officials mishandling county funds and recovered more than $10,000. He also exposed rampant conflicts of interests and conflicts of appearances between elected officials and county vendors, consequently reducing the influence of county vendors in county elections.

Always active in his community, Lewis is chairperson of the Prevention of Child Abuse Committee, a board member of the American Heart Association, a board member of Pocono Area Transitional Housing (PATH), a board member and volunteer of Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, a member and past president of the Pocono Mountains Exchange Club, a member of The Church of the Mountain Presbyterian church, and treasurer of the Jennings Family Reunion Committee.

Born and raised in East Stroudsburg, Lewis is a 1982 graduate of East Stroudsburg Area High School, where he was the president of his class. He continued his education at Bloomsburg University, where he earned a degree in finance in 1986 and served as the Student Government Treasurer. In 1993, Lewis completed his formal education by earning a law degree and an MBA from Widener University School of Law.

Lewis currently resides in Delaware Water Gap with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, four-year-old son Nashua and one-year-old daughter McKenna.

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