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Legislator PhotoRepresentative Rick Lewis

Republican - District 18 - Silverton

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1418
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-382, Salem, Oregon 97301


Representative Rick Lewis

Representative Rick Lewis was appointed to House District 18 in February 2017 and is serving his fourth term in the Oregon House of Representatives. Before coming to the legislature, Rep. Lewis was the Mayor and interim City Manager for the City of Silverton. He also served 14 years as Silverton's Police Chief, retiring from law enforcement in 2012. Rep. Lewis is a Life member of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and served as the organization's President in 1991. He is a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and has more than 39 years in law enforcement, including 28 years as a Chief of Police in three Oregon cities.​

In 2005, Rep. Lewis took a six month leave of absence as Silverton's Police Chief, 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 over the course of his career, including: Chairman of the Oregon Board on Public Safety Standards and Training, the Police Policy Committee and the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Fund Board. He has also served as a member of the Oregon Attorney General's Task Force on Deadly Force, Oregon Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee, and the Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee. 

Rep. 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.

Rep. Lewis was appointed to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission in 2022, the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court's Criminal Justice Advisory Committee in 2023 and continues to serve on the Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee and the Oregon Homeland Security Council. He is a current member of the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council.

Rep. Lewis is a past recipient of the Silverton Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Meritorious Achievement Award for his service in Iraq, as well as many other awards throughout his 50+ years in public service. He is past adjutant of the Silverton Delbert Reeves American Legion Post.

Rick and his wife, Pat, have six grown children, a granddaughter, and three grandsons.

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