After more than half a century of public service, including serving as a principal at Coatesville High School, Representative Harry Lewis Jr. has announced his retirement from the State Legislature, according to a staff report from Daily Local News.
Lewis, who is in his second term, said he would not seek reelection. This will make the 2017-18 session, his last as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
His many accomplishments include securing $6 million in grants for the Coatesville revitalization project. The project, at the intersection of Lincoln Highway East and the First Avenue area of Coatesville City, is expected to create 110 permanent jobs and 215 temporary construction jobs in the area.
Lewis also collaborated with the Chester County Technical College High School Brandywine campus to ensure construction jobs are awarded locally.
In his announcement on Monday, Lewis said that he has proudly worked to represent the wishes of all Coatesville, Downingtown, and Parkesburg residents despite the bureaucratic limitations.
“In times of frustration when it was a challenge to come to an acceptable resolution, the great people in our communities were my motivation,” he said.
Read more about Lewis’ service at Daily Local News here.