Representative Rick Lewis was appointed to represent House District 18 in February 2017 and elected to the seat in November 2018 for a two-year term. Prior to serving in the Legislature, Lewis served as the Mayor and interim City Manager for the City of Silverton, Oregon. Prior to being elected Mayor, he served for 14 years as Chief of Police in Silverton, retiring from law enforcement in 2012.
Representative Lewis is a Life member of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and served as the organization’s President in 1991. He is also a Life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has more than 39 years in law enforcement including 28 years as a Chief of Police in three Oregon cities.
In 2005, he took a six month leave of absence as Chief of the Silverton Police Department to train and supervise the Iraqi Police Executive Leadership Training Program in Baghdad, Iraq, under the U.S. Department of Justice during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has also served on numerous State committees and task forces in the course of his career, including The Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training as chair, the Police Policy Committee as chair, The Oregon law Enforcement Memorial Fund Board as chair, as a member of the Oregon Attorney General’s Task Force on Deadly Force, as a member of the Oregon Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee. He also serves as a current member of the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council.
Representative Lewis is a Vietnam Era veteran having served three years in the United States Army and two years in the Wyoming National Guard. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Representative Lewis is the recipient of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award and the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police Jim Jones Lifetime Achievement Award.
Rick has been married to his wife Pat for 39 years. He has six grown children and two grandchildren.