Charles Jeremy Lewis was an American politician who served in the California State Assembly from 1969 to 1979 and then the
US House of Representatives from 1979 to 2013. This collection contains papers, photographs, and videotapes which were formerly
held by Lewis’s congressional office and transferred to UCLA upon his retirement in 2013. The materials document the work
done by Lewis over his half century of involvement in local, state, and federal politics, containing everything from election
records to legislative background material to personal correspondence.
Charles Jeremy Lewis was born in Seattle, Washington, on October 21, 1934. He grew up primarily in California, however, graduating
from San Bernardino High School in 1952 and UCLA in 1956. After receiving his BA, Lewis returned to the Inland Empire and
worked for many years as a successful insurance broker. In 1964, he decided to run for a position on the San Bernardino City
Unified School District board, which he won and held until 1968. His appetite for politics whetted, in 1966 he worked on the
staff of Jerry Pettis, who was elected to Congress to represent California’s 33rd district. In 1968, Lewis made a run of his
own to represent California’s 73rd district, encompassing eastern San Bernardino, in the California State Assembly.
73.4 linear ft.
(6 record carton boxes, 27 document boxes, 3 flat boxes)
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