Mayor John J. Lee was elected to Mayor in place of City Council in April 2013. As an Eagle Scout, John Lee began his commitment to service at a young age. His devotion to public service remains consistent, and he has served as a Nevada State Assemblyman, Nevada State Senator and North Las Vegas Mayor.
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 the tradecraft on projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley, using the family station wagon as his plumbing truck. He eventually turned his craft into a highly successful plumbing company.
Elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1996, John served two terms as an Assemblyman, where he was known as a champion of bipartisanship and for his commitment to common sense solutions.
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 accomplishment starts with the decision to try. After months of agonizing treatment, 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.
To signal an end to his fight with cancer, John, an avid outdoorsman and an experienced mountain biker, completed a 10-day trek of the Tahoe Rim before returning to Carson City to resume his service.
John and his wife Marilyn have been married for 42 years and have seven children and eighteen grandchildren.