Jack Patrick Lewis is a committed father, husband, non-profit leader, and ordained minister. With a lifelong dedication to public service and progressive ideals, Jack is pledged to representing the residents of Framingham and Ashland on Beacon Hill as their State Representative.
Jack is the proud son of a hardworking union worker (UAW) and dedicated preschool teacher (Head Start). Early in his life Jack became an Eagle Scout, volunteered on a major gubernatorial campaign, and served as a habitation assistant for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These experiences taught him to celebrate diversity and laid the groundwork for his future educational and professional pursuits.
Partially funded by a scholarship from the UAW, Jack pursued degrees in political science and international relations in college. He studied abroad in Egypt and Morocco, and served as a volunteer teacher in Ghana and Egypt. Politically he helped lead the local College Democrats group, served as a National Committeeperson for the Youth Democrats of America, and led a statewide youth and young adult campaign for a presidential primary. He also served as a substitute Head Start preschool teacher, a College of Humanities Student Council president, and a tutor at a local jail.
Fueled by a passion for social justice, Jack entered seminary to become an ordained minister. While there, he worked in urban and suburban congregations, interned in New Zealand, and studied liberation theology in India and Venezuela. He also worked to provide transitional housing and teach life-skills to people released from prison, and directed a summer camp for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Wanting to continue his commitment to fighting for a more just world, Jack accepted a position at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills after seminary. In this capacity he provided ministerial oversight to the congregation’s social and economic justice programs, led youth service-learning trips as close as New York City and West Virginia and as far as Nicaragua and Guatemala, and regularly preached on social and economic justice.
In his capacity as a community leader, Jack helped create OUT MetroWest, in 2011. This program, headquartered in Framingham, serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from across MetroWest Boston. In his capacity as Executive Director, Jack has served over 700 area students and their families by offering supportive services, leadership development, and youth empowerment. These programs have enhanced and helped protect the lives of countless area teens.
Jack and his spouse adopted their son though DCF foster care in 2014. Their son currently attends a two-way language program (Spanish & English) at an area public school. Raising their family in MetroWest was an intentional choice, and their son’s enrollment in this bilingual program was part of their core belief in teaching global citizenship and multiculturalism.
He is also an active member of the Framingham Democratic Town Committee, the School Health Advisory Council of Framingham Public Schools, and Framingham Community Partners.
Jack would be honored to take his experiences to Beacon Hill in order to be an advocate for the residents of Framingham and Ashland. As a local community leader and parent, he knows that when our towns and Commonwealth succeed, it is easier for our families and schools to do the same.