A native West Texan, Tryon Lewis was born in Kermit, and grew up in Odessa. He attended Odessa College, the University of Texas Austin and Baylor Law School before returning to Odessa to practice law in 1973.
Representative Lewis took the bench as the 161st State District Judge in 1985 and served until his retirement in 2006. Returning to private practice, he is a partner in the Odessa Law Firm of Atkins, Hollman, Jones, Peacock, Lewis and Lyon.
Judge Lewis believes in serving his community and has been on the boards of many organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the Ector County Independent School District Education Foundation, the Permian Playhouse and the Odessa Cultural Council. He is a former Chairman of the Ector County Republican Party and a former President of the Republican Men’s Club. His wife, Trudy, is a retired teacher. They have two daughters, Eleanor and Annie.
Representative Lewis currently serves as the Chair of the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee as well as a member of the Environmental Regulation Committee. He is on the Steering Committee of the House Research Organization and is the Texas appointee to the National Conference of States Legislators Nuclear Legislative Workgroup. He also is on the Board of the Texas Conservative Coalition and serves on the Texas Judicial Council.