Remembering and Celebrating the Life of Lew Uhler

Today, the entire American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) family celebrates the life and memory of Lew Uhler, a champion for limited taxation. Uhler, who was part of the first ALEC meeting in 1973, was at the forefront of several national movements aimed at protecting taxpayers, including an effort to bring a  Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. Uhler served under California Governor Ronald Reagan where he was instrumental in developing California’s landmark Revenue Control and Limitation Act in 1972 and Proposition 13 in 1978.

“As one of the original founders of ALEC, we lost a giant among tax freedom warriors,” said ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson. “Lew’s spirit and positive attitude always brightened up the discussion of our core tenant of limited government.”


“Lew Uhler was a true fighter for the hardworking taxpayers of America,” added Jonathan Williams, ALEC Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Policy. “Specifically, his tireless work in Sacramento saved Californians from the even higher levels of taxes that would have been enacted in the absence of Proposition 13 which put in place the need for a supermajority to pass a tax increase. Lew was a much-needed happy warrior for the cause of free-market policy, and his legacy will live on for many years to come.”

Uhler will always be remembered for his tireless efforts to help protect taxpayers. In addition to a legacy of solid tax reform, Lew leaves behind his wife, Cynthia, and four sons.