John Jay Lee

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John Jay Lee
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Nevada State Senate, Clark 1
Former member
In office
Base salary$137.90/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
Nevada State Assembly
1997 - 2001
Place of birthRuislip Air Force Base, Middlesex, England
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Office website
John Jay Lee (b. 1955) is a former Democratic member of the Nevada State Senate, representing the Clark 1 District from 2004 to 2012. He served as Assistant Majority Whip.

Lee received his diploma from Rancho High School. He also has licenses in Securities Life and Health Insurance.

Lee is a former director/Founding Stockholder of Nevada First Bank. He is a Licensed Tile and Marble Contractor and a Licensed Plumbing Contractor. He is currently Senior Vice President of a financial services company. He is also President/Owner of Vegas Plumbing Service, Incorporated, and Champion Tile and Marble, Incorporated.

Lee served in the Nevada State Assembly from 1996 to 2001.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lee served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lee served on these committees:



Nevada Senate

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

Lee ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Senate, District 1. Lee was defeated by Patricia Spearman in the June 12 primary election.[1][2][3][4]

Nevada State Senate, District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Spearman 63% 2,244
John Lee Incumbent 37% 1,318
Total Votes 3,562

U.S. House

On August 1, 2011, Lee declared his candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives.[5] Lee said he would run in the newly created 4th Congressional district. Ultimately, he opted to run for re-election to the state senate, leaving majority leader Steven Horsford unopposed in the Democratic primary.[6]


On November 4, 2008, Lee won re-election to the Clark 1 District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, besting defeating Ron McGinnis and Lance Hinton.[7]

Nevada State Senate, Clark 1 District (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Jay Lee (D) 25,937 67.71%
Ron McGinnis 10,784 28.15%
Lance Hinton 1,584 4.14%


On November 2, 2004, Lee won election to the Clark 1 Senatorial District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating Ray Shaffer.[8]

Nevada State Senate, Clark 1 District (2004)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Jay Lee (D) 18,987 61.15%
Ray Shaffer 12,024 38.72%


In November 2000, Lee won re-election to the Clark 3 District Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating Kefty Eaton.[9]

Nevada State Assembly, Clark 3 District (2000)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Jay Lee (D) 5,663 67.02%
Kefty Eaton 2,787 32.98%

Campaign donors


In 2008, Lee collected $185,354 in donations.[10]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Boyd Gaming $7,500
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 525 $7,000
Committee to Elect Tom Collins $6,000
MGM Mirage $5,233
Clark County Education Association $5,000


Nevada Policy Research Institute

See also: Nevada Policy Research Institute's Legislative Session Review & Report Card

The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a Nevada-based conservative-libertarian think tank, releases a "Legislative Report Card" evaluating members of the Nevada State Legislature on "each lawmaker's voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and education reform." Bills determined by the Institute to be of greater significance are weighted accordingly. According to the Institute, "a legislator with a score above 50 is considered to be an ally of economic liberty".[11]


Lee received a score of 32.23% in the 2011 report card, ranking 48th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[11]


Lee and his wife, Marilyn, have seven children.

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Preceded by
Nevada State Senate, Clark 1 District
Succeeded by
Patricia Spearman (D)