Hollis Lewis was sworn in an as Delegate representing the 57th district during a brief ceremony Friday afternoon in the House Chamber surrounded by his wife Dr. Elisha Lewis, his pastor, the Rev. Marlon Collins, and his four daughters. The chamber is currently being renovated. Lewis was sworn in by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Tara Salango.
Lewis was appointed by Gov. Jim Justice to replace former Delegate Doug Skaff, who resigned in September.
A native of Charleston’s Westside, Lewis graduated from West Virginia State University, where he lettered in football and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He then attended law school at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Since returning to Charleston in 2013, Lewis has held several positions, including Kanawha County Magistrate and adjunct professor at West Virginia State University.
In addition, Lewis has also established himself as a tireless community leader. He has previously been a volunteer football coach and serves on several boards, including the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, the West Virginia Parole Board, the Charleston Area Alliance and the Clay Center.