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John Lewis


John Kent Lewis is presently the Judge-in Charge of the Federal Mine Safety & Health Commission (FMSHRC) in Pittsburgh. He previously served as a Supervisory Administrative Law Judge with the Federal Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals in Cleveland, Ohio.  Prior to his appointment as a Federal ALJ, he worked as a Supervisory Attorney with the Social Security Administration. Judge Lewis also spent decades in private practice, representing clients in criminal and federal social security disability claims. He has nearly 40 years of experience in federal administrative law.

Judge Lewis graduated summa cum laude from St. Vincent College, later attending St. Mary’s School of Theology. He received his JD from the Duquesne School of Law in 1975.