Thomas Lewis, J.D.
Tom Lewis is the Vice President for Government and Community Affairs for the Johns Hopkins Institutions. In July 2005 Tom joined the Johns Hopkins staff as the Director of State Affairs, after serving for over 17 years in Maryland state government, 11 as the Chief of Staff to two successive Speakers of the House of Delegates of Maryland. Lewis worked on such legislative issues as economic development and environmental packages, Medicaid reform, the Thornton K-12 education reform, the establishment of a state historic tax credit program, and several health care and health insurance reform initiatives. After an initial four year stint with the Maryland legislature as counsel to the House Environmental Matters Committee working on such issues as the landmark legislation creating the Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas law and a variety of health regulatory issues, Lewis left the legislative staff in 1987 to serve two years in the Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa. After returning to the U.S., he completed a Masters degree in International Management, later returning to Maryland to serve as counsel to the House Economic Matters Committee, with a focus on health insurance and economic development. He served in that capacity until transferring to the Speaker’s Office in 1994.
Lewis is a 1978 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.S. in Zoology, he earned a J.D. degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 1982 and a Masters degree in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management in 1991. He is a member of the bar (inactive) in Maryland and D.C. Lewis currently serves on the Interagency Committee on School Construction and the Board of Directors for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.