August 17, 2003 by

Tom Lewis

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Thomas Francis Lewis, Jr., a six-term U.S. representative from Florida, died on Aug. 2. Cause of death was not released. He was 78.
Although he was born in Philadelphia, Lewis moved to Florida after graduating from high school. He attended Palm Beach Junior College and the University of Florida, then joined the Air Force to serve in both World War II and the Korean War. Once he was discharged from the military, Lewis took a job at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, where he spent 17 years as the chief of jet and rocket engine testing.
From 1964 to 1971, Lewis was a mayor and councilman for the city of North Palm Beach. He spent eight years as a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives and two years in the Florida Senate. In 1983, Lewis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
During his 12 years in Washington, Lewis served on several committees, including the Appropriations Subcommittee on National Defense and the Agriculture Committee. While sitting on the Science and Technology Committee, Lewis helped save the Hurricane Hunter Plane Program from budget cuts. The program is responsible for sending planes into hurricanes to gather prediction data for meteorologists.
“It’s one of the reasons why when Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida, it wasn’t as devastating as it could have been,” Mickey Bowman, Lewis’ daughter, said.

One Response to Tom Lewis

  1. Hazel Biles

    I was just looking up my newborn son’s name on the internet to see if there was a post from the hosptial from when he was born ( november 04 2005) and the first link i gotten was this one. My son’s name is Thomas Francis Lewis. He is named after his family members with his fathers last name Lewis. It is A strong name therefor i believe Mr Tom lewis was a very well liked and loveable man and will always be remembered.
    Hazel Biles of St John’s NL Canada

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