Sen. Lewis visits with Mathews constituents

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Apr 16, 2014 - 03:04 PM

Photo: State Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) spent the day in Mathews, including a school tour with Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Holleran. Here Lewis reads to students in Amy Shaw’s first grade class at Lee-Jackson Elementary School. Photo by Edith Turner

State Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) spent the day in Mathews, including a school tour with Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Holleran. Here Lewis reads to students in Amy Shaw’s first grade class at Lee-Jackson Elementary School. Photo by Edith Turner

Photo: State Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) addressed members of the Mathews County Woman’s Club Monday morning at the clubhouse. He is shown with the club’s treasurer Mildred Harden, left, and president Martha Story. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

State Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) addressed members of the Mathews County Woman’s Club Monday morning at the clubhouse. He is shown with the club’s treasurer Mildred Harden, left, and president Martha Story. Photo by Quinton Sheppard

Mathews County’s representative in the Senate of Virginia, Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac) had his first official opportunity to meet with his Middle Peninsula constituents on Monday, speaking to the Mathews County Woman’s Club, joining in a roundtable discussion with county officials, touring the county schools, and chatting with some local merchants.

Lewis is one of the newest members of the General Assembly, narrowly winning a special election held in January to fill the vacancy created when Ralph Northam was elected the state’s lieutenant governor.

At the woman’s club, he spoke on a variety of issues addressed during the latest session of the state legislature.

Lewis started out by joking in his introduction that he is “number 40 out of 40,” being that he is the newest elected member to the state senate seat representing the 6th District, taking his seat after a recount.

He also joked that he won that recount by a “whopping 11-vote majority,” which earned him the nickname “Landslide Lewis” in the legislative hallways.

He touched on the size and the geographic diversity of the 6th District, saying that he started his morning in Mathews Monday and was to end his evening in a town hall meeting in upper Accomack County that borders the Maryland-Virginia line. “I’m going to try the boat thing this summer,” he said.

Lewis said he’s not a “flame thrower” and is not a very partisan person. Coining a term used by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Lewis described himself as a “radical centrist.”