Reta Jo Lewis , a Statesboro native nominations hearing as the first African-American woman President and CEO for the Export-Import Bank of the United States for the Biden and Harris Administration, will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 10:00 am.

You can view the hearing live on Tuesday at 10 am by clicking here.   

Reta Jo Lewis, Statesboro Native and President Biden nominee for President and Chair of the Export- Import (EXIM) Bank of the United States Credit: GMFUS Photographer

President Joe Biden announced in September the nomination of Statesboro native, Reta Jo Lewis, for the position of President and Chair of the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of the United States.

Lewis is the first African American woman to be nominated for the position of President and Chair of the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of the United States.

Lewis is the daughter of the late Mr. Charlie Lewis Sr. and Mrs. Alethia Simmons Lewis; two very influential Statesboro community advocates and entrepreneurs who owned various small business in Statesboro for 56 years.

Reta Jo Lewis has over 25 years of leadership experience in international affairs, legal, public policy, business and regulatory affairs, and subnational diplomacy.

About the hearing

THE COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS will meet in OPEN SESSION, HYBRID FORMAT to conduct a hearing on the following nominations: Ms. Reta Jo Lewis, of Georgia, to be President of the Export-Import Bank; and Ms. Elizabeth de Leon Bhargava, of New York, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.  

We encourage the public to utilize the Committee’s livestream of the hearing, available on the website at

All hearings are webcast live and will not be available until the hearing starts.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for webcast hearings, should contact the committee clerk at 202-224-7391 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.

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