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JAZZ LEWIS

Maryland Delegate
Chairman, Maryland House Democratic Caucus

lewis-jazzmf-6749Although only 31, Jazz Lewis already has a rather eye-popping rèsumè.

He was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2016 and is chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

He also is a senior adviser to longtime Rep. Steny Hoyer, the U.S. House majority leader, and ran Hoyer’s reelection campaigns for years. He was Maryland political director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign four years ago, and before that, a regional field director for U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin’s campaign.

In his home county of Prince George’s, Lewis is a founding member of Progressive Prince George’s and founder of the Route 450 Community Coalition, which monitors and addresses community issues.

In the General Assembly, he has championed legislation to ban placing children in solitary confinement, ensure that drug abusers receive access to essential products to avoid overdosing and help inmates transition safely into the community, among other efforts.

In his job with Hoyer, Lewis works with small business owners to help them attain access to credit and business opportunities. “Many of them would have gone out of business if not for the relief package Congress put together with bipartisan help,” Lewis said.

Davion Percy, senior government relations consultant with the Fort Washington-based law firm of Alexander & Cleaver noted that Lewis is “one of the youngest and most influential members in house leadership.”

Percy called Lewis “a true friend, a public servant of the highest level of integrity and a fast-rising star in Maryland politics.”

Born in Silver Spring, Lewis earned his bachelor’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland and a master’s in public policy from the same university.

“I work at the intersection of advocacy, public policy and economic development on issues of criminal justice reform and economic mobility,” Lewis said. “I believe my tenacity in refusing to quit and my ability to bring people together to find real consensus is what makes me an effective leader and advocate.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 VIP List awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.