About Lewis Law

STEVE LEWIS

 

           Steve Lewis is former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and former United
States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist
University with a B.A. in government then received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma.

          Mr. Lewis served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and for three years
was Station Legal Officer for the U.S. Naval Station, Sangley Point, Luzon, Republic of the
Philippines. He returned to Shawnee after serving in the Navy and was an Assistant District
Attorney and the elected District Attorney in Pottawatomie and Lincoln Counties between 1971
and 1979. He tried numerous felony cases and served as legal counsel for two grand juries.

          Mr. Lewis was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in the fall of 1980 and was
immediately appointed Vice-Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee. He was appointed
Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee in 1982. In 1983, after only three years in the
House, he was appointed Chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee where
he served for five years. He, along with his Senate counterpart, was primarily responsible for
crafting a state budget during the mid and late 1980's, one of the rockiest state financial periods
in Oklahoma’s history. In 1989, Mr. Lewis was elected Speaker.

          Mr. Lewis’ legislative career is probably best noted for HB 1017, the education reform and
revenue measure that he authored and helped push through the legislative process in 1989 and
1990. The law was retained after an effort to repeal it was defeated by a vote of the people
in 1991. Mr. Lewis also authored and gained passage of a measure reforming the state’s ad
valorem tax system which had been riddled with inequities since statehood. He also authored
and gained passage of measures reforming the investment practices and oversight of the
state’s retirement systems and cash management practices. These measures have produced
millions of dollars in non-tax revenue to both the state retirement systems and general fund.
He also authored and supported numerous other legislative measures in the areas of economic
development, education, health care and criminal and juvenile justice.

          In 1993 Mr. Lewis was appointed United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma
where, for over seven years, he supervised the trial of numerous federal criminal and civil cases
on behalf of the government. Mr. Lewis tried a number of complex white collar criminal trials
and argued cases before the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. While U.S. Attorney, he served
two years on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, a group which meets monthly with
the U.S. Attorney General on various matters involving criminal and civil policy issues in the
federal judicial system.

          Mr. Lewis has served in numerous civic capacities. He was president of the Pottawatomie
County Bar Association and is currently a member of the Oklahoma and Tulsa County Bar
Associations. He was president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association and chair of
the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council. In 2001 he served as Chair of the City of Tulsa
Redistricting Commission which redrew the district boundaries for Tulsa City Councilors after
the 2000 federal census. Mr. Lewis is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church currently
assigned to St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. He has served as chair of the board for the Crossroads Academy, an after school program for at risk children, as a member of the board and treasurer of
Greenwood Cultural Center, on the boards of Youth Services of Tulsa and Tulsa CASA, Inc. and
chaired the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Advisory Committee
for Graduate Programs in Forensic Sciences. He currently serves on the board of Life Senior
Services, a multi-faceted service agency for seniors.

          Mr. Lewis’ legal and lobbying practice includes business, social service provider agencies,
medical, legal and professional entities and associations.