Representative Regina Lewis-Ward is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She grew up with her mother and father in New York City public housing and attended public schools.
She earned a BBA in computer systems from Bernard M. Baruch College and an MA in political science from Clayton State University. She was the first African American elected to represent Georgia's 109th District.
In her early career, Lewis-Ward helped protect employee rights by serving as a shop steward with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME). After more than twenty years as a manager with NYC Transit, Lewis-Ward retired and relocated to Georgia.
In 2014, Lewis-Ward joined the Stockbridge City Council, secured federal funds to upgrade Memorial and Clark public parks with adaptable playground equipment, and created the first Stockbridge Citizens Academy.
Elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2020, Lewis-Ward partnered with the Gordon State College Foundation to establish an empowerment scholarship for women interested in American politics. The scholarship aims to help address the under-representation of African American women in public office. Lewis-Ward helped secure almost $400,000 in the FY 2022 state budget for students in her district to participate in the American Association of Adapted Sports Program, and $39,000 for the startup of a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Henry County, GA. In 2023, the House of Representatives passed HB 144, the George Burgess Act, introduced by Representative Lewis-Ward to strengthen the rights of adult wards under guardianship.
An adjunct professor, and children's book author, Lewis-Ward serves on the state Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Banks and Banking, Interstate Cooperation, and Energy, Utilities, & Telecommunications committees.
Due to the 2020 Census, Lewis-Ward represents the 115th District, located exclusively in Henry County.