Harry Lewis, Jr., was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2014. A lifelong resident of the Coatesville area and a graduate of Coatesville Area High School, Harry is committed to upholding the priorities and values of the residents of the 74th District.
Prior to his election to the House, Harry distinguished himself as an outstanding educator for more than 40 years. During his career, he served the Coatesville Area Senior High School as principal, assistant principal, special education teacher and physical education teacher.
Following his retirement, he maintained his commitment to the youth and community. Because Harry realizes that sports are more than just a leisure activity, he takes advantage of the opportunity to build character and confidence, allowing youth to reach their full potential. By connecting with whole families through sports, he impacts the broad community.
During his time in office, Harry looks forward to working with people who represent both political parties to resolve key issues such as education funding. Students will receive quality educations when they have the resources needed to succeed, which means new revenue sources must be generated. Harry favors adding a severance tax on natural gas companies to ensure schools are fully funded, and he wants to fix Pennsylvania’s funding formula.
Harry also believes that Commonwealth citizens, especially the elderly, deserve real property tax reform. He feels that when education reform is made, property taxes will no longer be needed to fund the school system, relieving the financial burden felt by Pennsylvanians.
He also wants to focus on revitalizing the 74th District by attracting businesses and the good-paying, family-sustaining jobs that come with them. Harry plans to modify current legislation to make areas in the district eligible for a City Revitalization and Improvement Zone, which would provide temporary tax benefits to new businesses.
Open space and liquor privatization are two other legislative priorities for Harry.
To help tackle key issues in his district and across the Commonwealth, Harry will serve on the Eduation, Gaming Oversight, Health and Urban Affairs committees.
A graduate of Winston-Salem University, Harry received two masters degrees: a Master’s of wellness and fitness from West Chester University and a Master’s of education administration from Cheyney University.
His accolades include the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s 2013 Living Legacy Award, the 2012 Coatesville Community Education Foundation Lifetime Achievement in Education Award and the Winston Salem State University’s 2011 Unsung Hero Award.
Harry and his wife, Regina, have three daughters: Stephanie Montgomery, Nychelle Flemming and Bridgette Boyer.
The 74th District includes the townships of Caln, East Caln, East Fallowfield, Sadsbury and Valley; the boroughs of Downingtown, Modena, Parkesburg and South Coatesville; and the city of Coatesville.
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