Seth Lewis has been a resident of Bartlett, Ill., since 2001. He is a proud father of two, a husband and a small business owner. Raised in Iowa, Seth graduated from the University of Iowa in 1991 with a degree in industrial engineering. He began his career at Culligan International in Illinois. After eight successful years at Culligan, Seth took a new job as vice president of operations for a small business in Melrose Park, Ill.
The company grew to approximately $60 million in revenue, operated out of a 140,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility and employed more than 100 people. In 2006, the business environment in Illinois began to change dramatically. Seth began to search for a more stable employer in the manufacturing sector in Illinois, but found prospects were slim. It was then that Seth decided to change his career and become a State Farm Insurance agent with the support of his uncle. Seth is now an independent business owner and agent with State Farm Insurance since 2009.
It was the decline in the Illinois business environment that motivated Seth to run for office. In 1991, Seth came to Illinois to find work in the manufacturing sector – 15 years later he was forced to change industries because of the manufacturing sector’s decline. Seth wants to bring his personal story to Springfield and help incentivize the manufacturing and business sectors in Illinois.
In 2020, Seth was elected to the Illinois State of Representatives. In his first term in the house, he was the chief sponsor of 18 bills and resolutions, including Cal’s Law requiring coverage for comprehensive cancer testing and testing of blood or constitutional tissues for cancer predisposition testing. Due to his common-sense approach and bi-partisanship, Seth was named the Best House Republican in 2021 by Capitol Fax Blog.
Seth is highly motivated to give back to his community. He has built trust, strengthened relationships and fostered collaboration in his personal and professional experiences. He leads with a strong moral compass and a high level of integrity and diplomacy. Seth has a fiscally conservative perspective on the toughest issues facing the state of Illinois.
Seth has been very active in his boys’ athletic careers. He has coached baseball, football and basketball for more than six years. Seth has also served on the board of directors for the local football and baseball organizations, including serving as president of Bartlett’s local Little League and trustee to the Bartlett Fire Protection District. Seth and his wife, Dr. Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, have been married since 1997. Their two boys will be the 5th generation in their family to live in Illinois.