Lewis has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament since it was first established in May 1999. He was re-elected as MSP for North East Scotland in May 2016.
Lewis has served on the Labour Front Bench since his appointment as Deputy Minister for Transport and Planning in March 2001. He is currently a member of the Public Services and Wealth Creation team in the Shadow Cabinet.
Other policy areas on which Lewis has spoken for Labour at Holyrood include enterprise, energy, tourism, infrastructure, capital investment, housing, rural development, environment, water, lifelong learning, health and community care and justice. He has served on parliamentary committees for audit, education, culture, sport, health, the economy, energy, tourism and the Referendum Bill.
Lewis served for twelve years as constituency Member for Aberdeen Central, and he lives in Aberdeen with his wife Sandra, who works in the oil industry, and his daughters Sophie and Iona.
Lewis was born on New Year’s Day 1957 in Stornoway, where his father Roddy was minister of St Columba’s Parish Church. The family moved to Insch at the end of 1967, and Lewis later went to Inverurie Academy, and then to Aberdeen University, where he completed an MA in History and a Ph.D. in African Studies.
Before his election, Lewis worked for what is now Grampian Regional Equality Council, Grampian Regional Council, and energy advice agency SCARF, taught history at Aberdeen University, and was a parliamentary researcher both in Scotland and at Westminster. He contested the 1997 general election in Moray, and was a member of Labour’s Scottish Executive Committee in the late 1990s.
Lewis is a member of Unite the Union and the Co-operative Party. At Holyrood, he is a member of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee as well as being co-convener of the cross-party group on oil and gas. Outwith politics, Lewis enjoys exploring the countryside, the culture and the history of Scotland.