Representative Regina Lewis-Ward is a native of Brooklyn, New York and the first African American elected to represent the109th District in Georgia.
Representative Regina Lewis-Ward grew up with her mother, father, and siblings in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA, Breukelen Houses) and attended public schools. She worked for the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and served as a shop steward for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSME) to help protect the rights of its members. She later joined the managerial ranks of New York City Transit and retired after working more than 20 years in civil service.
Representative Lewis-Ward relocated to Henry County, Georgia and became a small business owner. To compete for contracts at all levels of government, she worked hard to receive Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications in Georgia, New York, and North Carolina. A partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Representative Lewis-Ward hosted seminars in Henry County to prepare minority women to understand the process to participate in government contract opportunities.
As a Stockbridge City Councilwoman, Representative Lewis-Ward fought to upgrade parks with playground equipment for disabled children and started the first Stockbridge Citizens Academy to acquaint citizens with the operations of their local government.
Representative Lewis-Ward earned a BBA in computer system from Bernard M. Baruch College and holds an MA in political science from Clayton State University. She has two adult children and is a member of Global Impact Christian Ministries located in Stockbridge, GA.