Lewis Promotes Criminal Justice Reform At CPAC

Lewis Promotes Criminal Justice Reform At CPAC

February 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — Today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis highlighted his criminal justice reform record as a member of Congress. 

“Criminal justice reform is about compassion. Democrats like Tina Smith talk a good game about being the party of compassion, but they haven’t done anything. And being generous with other people’s money hardly counts,” Lewis said.

“Real compassion is moving people from dependence to independence,” Lewis added. “My bill reformed the juvenile justice system, giving young people a second chance at life while also improving accountability of taxpayer dollars and eliminating duplicative grant programs.”

In the 115th Congress, Lewis authored the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) reauthorization, providing at-risk youth a vital second chance in life. After a decade of Congress’ failed attempts, Lewis’ bipartisan JJDPA legislation provided evidence-based solutions, better prevention strategies, and increased transparency. Some of the key issues addressed in the bill includes: 1) alternatives to detention for so-called status crimes, 2) the development of job training skills, 3) an end to the use of restraints on known pregnant juveniles, 4) restrictions on detaining juveniles awaiting trial with adult inmates, and 5) help for victims of human trafficking. Lewis’ bill also reduces racial disparities without establishing numerical standards that might affect public safety.

Many organizations supported Lewis’ efforts including Boys Town and the National Juvenile Justice Network. Local law enforcement also came out in support of the legislation, including Red Wing Police Chief Pohlman who said “Lewis’ bill is about getting youth back on track after making a wrong turn … it is smart crime prevention that puts the interests of young people first.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MCCL Endorses Lewis For Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MCCL Endorses Lewis For Senate

February 24, 2020

WOODBURY, Minn. – U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis announced the endorsement of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL).

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life,” Lewis said. “As a former Congressman with a perfect pro-life voting record, I choose to protect life and stand proudly with the people at Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life.” 

“In contrast, my opponent Senator Tina Smith, a former Planned Parenthood executive, has embraced abortion on-demand, even after birth. I am constantly warning voters of Smith’s dangerous extremism, and no other issue highlights this more than her support of post-birth abortion. Not only did she laud the bizarre statements of Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia when he came out in support of post-birth abortion, Smith also took to the Senate floor to call medical treatment for an infant that survives an abortion ‘inappropriate.’ Plain and simple: this is infanticide, and it is beyond shameful,” Lewis concluded.

MCCL, Minnesota’s largest pro-life organization, announced the endorsement last week, highlighting Lewis’ 100 percent pro-life voting record. This stands in stark contrast to Sen. Tina Smith’s zero percent pro-life voting record. MCCL called attention to Smith’s vote to oppose protections for newborn babies who survive abortions, even going as far as to speak out against the bill in what they described as a “flagrantly dishonest speech.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Congressman Stauber Endorses Lewis For Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Congressman Stauber Endorses Lewis For Senate

February 21, 2020

WOODBURY, Minn. – U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis announces the endorsement from Congressman Pete Stauber (MN-08).


“I am honored to receive Congressman Pete Stauber’s endorsement,” Lewis said. “The Iron Range way of life is under attack by urban elites and radicals in the Democratic Party. Rather than standing up for her own constituents, Senator Tina Smith has fallen right in line with the extremists in her own party. This must stop!”


“From mining to manufacturing, I am fighting for the hardworking families in the Eight District. We must push back on the Democrat extremists’ agenda, and this starts at the February 25th precinct caucuses,” Lewis concluded.

Stauber, who was elected to Congress in 2018, endorsed Lewis on Friday, calling on fellow conservatives to get to their neighborhood precinct caucuses and support Lewis for U.S. Senate.

“Jason is a true friend and ally who is fighting for our way of life,” Stauber said. “He consistently stands with workers throughout the Eight District, including the Iron Range. Jason visits northeastern Minnesota often, listening to hardworking families and touring the local mines to learn about their concerns about how Washington is attacking our
way of life.”

“I am proud to endorse Jason because we need his strong, conservative voice in the U.S. Senate to push back against the radical, socialist agenda that would abolish mines, kill manufacturing, and move our country backward. The stakes are high this year. I encourage all Republicans to get out and caucus for Jason this Tuesday,” Stauber concluded.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Congressman Emmer Endorses Lewis For Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Congressman Emmer Endorses Lewis For Senate

February 21, 2020

WOODBURY, Minn. — U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis announces the endorsement from Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06).

“I couldn’t be more appreciative to my friend Congressman Tom Emmer for endorsing our campaign for U.S. Senate,” Lewis said. “From Medicare for All to post-birth abortion, there has never been a more extreme Democratic Party. Radicals in the Democratic Party, like my opponent Senator Tina Smith, are a clear and present danger to our Minnesota way of life, and must be defeated.”

“A united Republican Party can and will defeat the radicals who have hijacked the Democratic Party. That is why I am honored to receive Congressman Emmer’s support. Now is the time to right the ship, and this all starts at the February 25th precinct caucuses,” Lewis concluded.

Emmer, a three-term Republican representative from Minnesota’s sixth congressional district, announced his support Thursday with the following statement.

“This is an important election. Now that a new Socialist majority has taken over in the U.S. House, this arguably is one of the most important elections in history,” Emmer said. “We must win. The future of our Republic is in the balance. Future generations of freedom-loving Americans are counting on us. This is why, as a Minnesotan, I plan to caucus for Jason Lewis for U.S. Senate on February 25th.”

“I appreciate everyone who is willing to run, but I know Jason and his wife Leigh personally and I’ve worked with Jason in Congress and on the campaign trail. Jason can and will win! That’s why I endorse Jason Lewis for U.S. Senate,” Emmer concluded. 

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Lewis Slams Smith’s Vote to Remove President Trump

Lewis Slams Smith’s Vote to Remove President Trump

February 5, 2020

WOODBURY, Minn. – U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis issued the following statement after the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump and Senator Tina Smith voted to remove him from office.

“Today, the Senate did the right thing and voted to acquit President Donald Trump, but Senator Tina Smith has proven once and for all that she is all-in with the unhinged radicals that have taken over the Democratic Party. From the very beginning, impeachment has been nothing more than a partisan smear aimed at undoing the 2016 election and the will of the people. Tina Smith and the Democrats have spent weeks dragging out this impeachment hoax, preferring to play politics rather than do their jobs. Today the nonsense finally came to an end, and we can move forward with the nation’s business,” Lewis said.

“Tina Smith’s vote is an embarrassment to the sensible Minnesotans she purports to represent. Minnesotans deserve better, and she will face judgement day at the ballot box this November 3 rd . It’s time we send someone to the U.S. Senate who puts the interests of Minnesotans and the nation first, not Tina Smith who serves her own partisan political interests above all else,” Lewis concluded.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Stands With Beltrami County Against Radical Refugee Resettlement Plans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lewis Stands With Beltrami County Against Radical Refugee Resettlement Plans

Calls on Senator Tina Smith to Codify President Trump’s Executive Order

WOODBURY, Minn. – On Tuesday, Beltrami County became the first county in the state of Minnesota to opt-out of refugee resettlement.

“Back in September, President Donald Trump signed an executive order giving local governments greater autonomy in refugee resettlement. On Tuesday night, the people of Beltrami County exercised their right to self-governance and much to the ire of out-of-step metropolitan liberals, voted to opt-out of any new refugee resettlement,” said U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis.

For decades now, Minnesota has done more than its fair share in accepting refugees. The state of Minnesota accounts for approximately 2 percent of the population, but it has taken in roughly 13 percent of the country’s refugees, making it the state with the highest number of refugees per capita in America.

This generosity has come at a cost. Several studies have shown that the average refugee costs taxpayers upwards of $80,000 within the first five years after resettlement, and that figure does not include local costs absorbed by taxpayers in the cities and counties the refugees live in.

To add insult to injury, the agencies that sponsor bringing new refugees to Minnesota receive approximately $1,000 per refugee from the federal government—as does each refugee—but have failed to do their part in helping refugees assimilate or, worse yet, have encouraged them to quickly apply for public assistance.

“When you also consider the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee found that Minnesota led all states in contributing foreign fighters to ISIS, the need for careful vetting becomes clear, as does the need for scrutinous deliberation by localities on whether or not to accept more refugees. And let’s not forget the 2018 investigative report that found money stolen from taxpayers through fake childcare centers may have been sent to areas of Somalia controlled by Islamic terrorists,” Lewis continued.

“It’s clear Democrats don’t like that greater Minnesota has a voice. We Minnesotans are a generous and welcoming people, but we have done more than our fair share of accepting refugees. The opportunity President Trump has afforded localities like Beltrami and St. Louis Counties to make their own decisions in these matters is more than welcome, much to the chagrin of far left radicals like Rep. Ilhan Omar who said she was “disheartened” by Beltrami’s “clenched fist,” and House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler, who threatened to withhold state funding from Beltrami County as punishment for their decision. Senator Tina Smith should take a stand for a change and codify the President’s Executive Order,” Lewis concluded.

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PRESS RELEASE: Tina Smith Accepts Huge Sums of PAC dollars

PRESS RELEASE: Tina Smith Accepts Huge Sums of PAC dollars

Today, Jason Lewis, Republican candidate for the United States Senate, lambasted United States Senator Tina Smith for accepting huge sums of PAC dollars and special interest money. The campaign also announced year to date fundraising totals, having raised just shy of three quarters of one million dollars between August 22 and December 31.

“Our campaign is powered by small dollar, grassroots donations from everyday Minnesotans, having just received financial support from all 87 counties in the fourth quarter. Tina Smith on the other hand, continues to rely on Wall Street and D.C. lobbyists to prop up her campaign, with over 40% of her money coming from special interest PACs, according to her last report,” said Lewis.

Year to date, Jason Lewis for Senate has raised just shy of $750,000 dollars.

In the fourth quarter, Lewis’ campaign raised an additional $310k+, powered by grassroots donations from all 87 counties.

Tina Smith continues to rely on D.C. insiders with over 40% of her donations coming from big corporate PACs, according to her last report. Lewis, on the other hand, relies on small dollar donations from everyday Minnesotans.

History tells us that it will take a lot more than Tina Smith’s D.C. special interest dollars to beat Jason Lewis. In his first race for the House in 2016, Democrat Angie Craig raised nearly 5x that of Lewis ($4.8 million to $1.0 million). With a strong grassroots campaign and President Trump atop the ticket, Lewis won by 2%, and will utilize that same formula for success in 2020. 

The historic investment in Minnesota by President Trump dramatically alters the campaign’s fundraising paradigm – and Tina Smith knows it. The historic and unprecedented investment by President Trump’s campaign and the RNC on advertising, staff and infrastructure are having a game-changing impact on Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race – just take it from Minnesota Democrats:
“The Trump campaign is staffing up in Minnesota in ways we’ve never seen before, and frankly, we just can’t keep up. Trump and the GOP already have over two dozen staffers on the ground, and are promising more, and have already trained over 600 volunteers in Minnesota! In 2016, he spent $30-40k and lost by only 1.5%. In 2020, he’s spending TENS OF MILLIONS.” – @MinnesotaDFL, October 7th, 2019

One more thing. The President’s endorsement and support of Jason Lewis will prove to be invaluable: “I am also proud to endorse your next Republican Senator from Minnesota, a man that I’ve known, a man that is tough and smart; a man running against someone who’s never done a damned thing in the Senate: Mr. Jason Lewis.” – President Donald Trump on October 10 at a record setting rally in Minneapolis.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jason Lewis Tours Enbridge Energy’s Clearbrook Facilities, Supports Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jason Lewis Tours Enbridge Energy’s Clearbrook Facilities, Supports Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project

For Immediate Release

December 12, 2019

Jason Lewis Tours Enbridge Energy’s Clearbrook Facilities, Supports Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Project

On Wednesday, former Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis toured Enbridge Energy’s Clearbrook interconnecting facilities and once again showed strong support for the Line 3 pipeline replacement project stretching across Minnesota from the North Dakota border to Superior, WI.

“Tina Smith talks about new infrastructure and supporting labor, but if she were for working families she’d cross party lines and join me along with former Rep. Nolan, and Reps. Collin Peterson, Tom Emmer and Jim Hagedorn in supporting this key project for our economy. All she has said is she wants a ‘rigorous process to make sure the project is safe,’ which is code for she doesn’t want to ruffle the feathers of her wealthy environmental backers who are more concerned about global warming in the middle of a harsh Minnesota winter. So once again Smith will attempt to play both sides—not answering specific questions and hoping no one notices. I have never and will never do that.”

Replacing the 50-year-old corroded pipeline, which operates at roughly 50% capacity, with new state of the art 36” pipe is crucial for safely delivering crude oil and energy to Minnesota communities. It also means 8,600 project-related jobs and an estimated $19 million in additional property tax revenue.

The pipeline was expected to go into service in the latter half of 2019 but is now delayed at least a year by Gov. Tim Walz’s inexplicable and irresponsible decision to challenge the Public Utilities Commission’s approval of the $2.6 billion dollar project.

In fact, not only was Line 3’s Environmental Impact Statement process the most extensive in the state’s history before being unanimously approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, but the PUC also voted 5-0 on the pipeline’s “certificate of need.”

Most recently, the PUC just confirmed that in the rare occurrence of a leak, there would be no major impact to our vital assets like Lake Superior.

The project is seen as vital by a number of organizations, including Delta Airlines, International Union of Operating Engineers, Range Association of Municipalities & Schools, Farm Bureau Federation, MN Building & Construction Trades Council, MN Service Station
and Convenience Stores, Duluth Seaway Port Authority and numerous local Chambers of Commerce across Minnesota. 

As Jake Reint, spokesperson for Minnesota’s largest refinery at Pine Bend (which delivers the bulk of aviation jet fuel to MSP Airport) said, “We do not take crude by rail or any other means…pipelines are truly essential to our ability to meet the needs of Minnesotans
and others in the Midwest.”

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LEWIS TOURS IRON ORE MINE, BACKS POLYMET & TWIN METALS

LEWIS TOURS IRON ORE MINE, BACKS POLYMET & TWIN METALS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LEWIS TOURS IRON ORE MINE, BACKS POLYMET & TWIN METALS

U.S. Senate candidate and Congressman Jason Lewis continued his long-standing commitment to the Iron Range this week by touring the state-of-the-art facilities at United Taconite and once again voicing his support for the mining industry in Minnesota. Joining him was Congressman Pete Stauber.

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U.S. Senate Candidate Jason Lewis Resoundingly Supports Graham’s Anti-Impeachment Resolution

U.S. Senate Candidate Jason Lewis Resoundingly Supports Graham’s Anti-Impeachment Resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2019

U.S. Senate Candidate Jason Lewis Resoundingly Supports Graham’s Anti-Impeachment Resolution

Woodbury, MN – Jason Lewis, United States Senate candidate, issued the following statement supporting Senator Lindsey Graham’s anti-impeachment resolution.

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