John J. Lee
Mayor John J. Lee was elected to the North Las Vegas City Council in April 2013. As an Eagle Scout, John Lee began his commitment to public service at a young age. His commitment to public service continued as he served on various commissions and boards through elected office as a Nevada State Assemblyman and Nevada State Senator. John's private sector experiences as a business man provide a good foundation for leading.
John's first job was with the Culinary Union as a dishwasher at the Silver Nugget on Las Vegas Boulevard. In 1975, John began working in the plumbing trade, and continued working the tradecraft at various construction projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley, using the family station wagon as his plumbing truck. He eventually turned his craft into a successful plumbing company.
He was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1996. Serving two terms as an Assemblyman, John was known as a champion of bipartisanship and for his commitment to common sense solutions to complex problems.
After a brief absence from public office, John was elected to the Nevada Senate in 2004 where he served on the committees of Legislative Operations and Elections; Energy, Infrastructure, and Transportation; and was the Chairman of Government Affairs, where he was responsible for working with city and county government officials throughout Nevada.
In 2007, John was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. His determination to live was based on his understanding that every one of his accomplishments started with his decision to try. After months of agonizing treatment and with the help of others, John successfully won his battle with cancer. He now faces life with a new perspective, a greater sense of gratitude, and an increased desire to provide meaningful support to others.
An avid outdoorsman, John proudly displays an "I Brake for Butterflies" bumper sticker on his Ford pickup, but as an experienced mountain biker, butterflies should probably stay off the trail! To signal the end to his fight with stage IV cancer, John completed a 10-day trek of the Tahoe Rim and returned to Carson City to continue fighting for Nevadans.
John and his wife Marilyn have been married for 45 years and have seven children and 28 grandchildren. They reside in North Las Vegas, Nevada and are active members in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.