Andrew Lewis is a combat veteran, successful businessman, and conservative outsider running for Congress in PA-11. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, he and his family now live in Lower Paxton Township in Dauphin County.
As Chief Operating Officer of Tradesman Building Group based in Lower Paxton Township, Andrew leads dozens of employees and sub-contractors while overseeing the operating budget. Since assuming leadership at Tradesman, Andrew has doubled their revenue, launched two new divisions, and created jobs in south-central PA. As a result, the Central Penn Business Journal named Tradesman Drywall one of the fastest growing companies in Dauphin County for 2016, and named Andrew to its “Forty Under 40” emerging Central Pennsylvania Leaders list.
After graduating high school – and before joining the family construction business – Andrew enlisted in the Army where he served for almost ten years on active duty. He spent fifteen months in Iraq as a scout during the troop surge from 2007 – 2008. Subsequently, Andrew was selected to become an Army Counterintelligence Agent and was assigned to South Korea for a two-year tour. At the age of 23, Andrew was appointed Special Agent in Charge of his counterintelligence team in Korea, overseeing all counterintelligence operations for his assigned area. After two years in Korea, he was nominated by the Department of Defense to serve at the White House Communications Agency, where Andrew served as both an Assistant Presidential Communications Officer, and as Chief of the agency’s Information Security Branch. As head of Information Security, Andrew developed the multi-dimensional Operations Security policy governing the agency, and created the first-ever OPSEC training program for agency spouses in order to protect sensitive national security information.
During his nearly decade long service on active duty, Andrew received five commendation medals, the combat action badge, the presidential service badge, and a number of other awards. He was the 2010 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year for the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, and the 2014 Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter for the White House Communications Agency. Andrew was rated “among the best” – the highest possible rating – on every one of his annual evaluation reports during his service, and was honorably discharged from active duty in 2015. He continues to serve in the Pennsylvania National Guard, drilling every month at Fort Indiantown Gap.
Andrew and his wife Ranae are raising their three sons: Jeffrey, Jason and Jeremy. Andrew is an active member of the community and contributes his time to numerous local causes including Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rotary International, and the Harrisburg Chamber of Commerce. Andrew put himself through college on the GI Bill, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Thomas Edison State College, a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from Liberty University, a Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and a Master of Business Administration from Temple University.