Congressman Jason Lewis was elected in 2016 to serve the people of Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. Since taking office, Jason has served on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, the Budget Committee, and the Education and Workforce Committee.
Though an active Minnesota resident for two decades, many people in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District know Jason from his popular radio show in the Twin Cities. On the air, Jason was known for an independent streak – critical of the status quo in Washington and St. Paul.
In fact, the Washington Post once described Jason as “what radio titan Walter Winchell was to New York politicians: a force capable of delivering migraines.”
And delivering a few headaches to the big spenders in his home state is exactly what Jason did when he organized the largest rallies for tax relief in Minnesota history as thousands gathered annually on the Capitol steps to express their simple desire to keep more of what they earned.
Now Jason has taken his independent voice to Washington working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle and standing up to his Republican colleagues and leadership in both parties when necessary.
But there’s much more to Jason than all of that.
His grandfather-with just an 8th grade education-started a successful enterprise lasting 50 years in the industrial and automotive aftermarket. Lewis Motor Supply, Inc. became a family tradition when Jason’s father took over the business and a third-generation business when Jason took the helm along with his two sisters.
Unfortunately, the government had other ideas. In the mid-80s, the family warehouse was targeted for a highway project under the power of eminent domain. After negotiations with government agencies failed to produce a price the family thought adequate for rebuilding, Jason faced the difficult decision of closing a profitable business and eliminating a substantial number of jobs.
Jason has spent a lifetime in the private sector. And it is this experience that taught him the importance of living within your means; how government often gets in the way of progress; and why a productive job is the most important social program of all.
That’s why there are few members of Congress who better understand that before consumers, you have to have producers; before employees, you must have employers; and before funding a public sector, you’d better have a thriving private sector.
In 1990, while finishing his Masters degree in Political Science, Jason entered the public arena. He combined his knowledge of both business and politics into a successful second 25 year career in broadcasting. And when he had the opportunity to bring his talk show to Minnesota over two decades ago, he jumped at the chance of moving to his mother’s home. Because for Jason, Minnesota is in his heart.
“The highlight of every year growing up was our annual two-week trek to Crosslake. Believe me, I’d pester my Mom endlessly for weeks with ‘when are we going to the lake?’ or ‘is it time to go up north yet?’ Now, when I visit her grave at Ft. Snelling, it always comes to mind in the most bittersweet of ways.”
In addition to his 25 years in radio, Jason also co-hosted a statewide public affairs program on Public Television for five years and appeared nationally on numerous nationally broadcast television programs, such as NBC’s Today Show, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC, to name a few.
He has a Masters of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Denver and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education/Business from the University of Northern Iowa.
More than 20 years ago Jason he met his wife, Leigh in St. Paul. He and Leigh are the proud parents of two daughters, Lindsey and Lauren. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Lindsey is an intercollegiate swimmer at St. Cloud State University. Their younger daughter, Lauren competed at the Minnesota State High School swimming meet while only in 8th grade. With all the activities on the family agenda, Jason understands how frustrating it is for hard working families in the 2nd district to balance their time and resources while the politically connected do very well.
And that’s why Jason ran for Congress and why he is running for re-election. He truly believes we are at crossroads and the future of his children, as well as many others, depends on serious people actually doing something about the problems we face.
In 2016, Minnesotans chose Jason Lewis to be their independent voice in Washington and has successfully kept his promises in doing just that. Jason is now running for re-election and needs your help so he can continue serving the great people of Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.