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Lesch, John


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Saint Paul, MN

House 2003-2012 (District 66A); House 2013-Present (District 66B)

Party when first elected:  Democratic-Farmer-Labor

Counties Served:  Ramsey

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 1/15/1973 Date of Death: 
Birth Place: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Birth County: Hennepin Birth Country: United States
Other Names:
Gender:  Male Religion:  Catholic
City of Residence (when first elected):  Saint Paul

Occupation (when first elected):  Prosecutor, City of St. Paul

EDUCATION

Holy Name Seminary, Wisconsin; Secondary; Junior and Senior Years, Priest Studies
Osseo High School; Secondary; Freshman and Sophmore Years
St. Louis University; B.A.; Philosophy and Psychology
Hamline University School of Law; J.D.;

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Municipal GovernmentSt. Paul, Minnesota (Legislative Assistant to City Coucil Member Chris Coleman) ??/??/19?? to ??/??/????
State Legislative StaffMinnesota House of Representatives (Intern for Representative Andy Dawkins) ??/??/1997 to ??/??/1998
Municipal AttorneySaint Paul, Minnesota (City Prosecutor) ??/??/2001 to ??/??/20??
MilitaryMinnesota National Guard (Infantry) 10/12/2009 to ??/??/20??

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Tina Marie (divorced around 2004); Melissa Reed (married September 2012)
Children: One child: Alice (daughter, with Tina)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party endorsement for the Minnesota Senate in the 2011 special election primary. He lost the endorsement to Mary Jo McGuire.

Religion provided by Politics in Minnesota the Directory, 2005-2006.

Legislative Session: 88th (2013-2014)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/6/2012 Term of Office: 1/8/2013 to 1/5/2015
District: 66B Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Prosecutor, City of St. Paul
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Civil Law (Chair) Minutes
Judiciary Finance and Policy Minutes
Public Safety Finance and Policy Minutes
Rules and Legislative Administration Minutes
Taxes Minutes

Legislative Session: 87th (2011-2012)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/2/2010 Term of Office: 1/4/2011 to 1/7/2013
District: 66A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Prosecutor, City of St. Paul
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Civil Law Minutes
Civil Law Subcommittee: Data Practices Minutes
Judiciary Policy and Finance (Became a Subcommittee of Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance in 2012) Minutes
Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Subcommittee: Judiciary Policy and Finance (Was a Full Committee in 2011) Minutes
Taxes Minutes
Leadership Position: Minority Whip

Legislative Session: 86th (2009-2010)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/4/2008 Term of Office: 1/6/2009 to 1/3/2011
District: 66A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Prosecutor, City of St. Paul
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Finance Subcommittee: Public Safety Finance Division Minutes
Public Safety Policy and Oversight Minutes
Public Safety Policy and Oversight Subcommittee: Crime Victims/Criminal Records Division (Chair) Minutes
Taxes Minutes

Legislative Session: 85th (2007-2008)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/7/2006 Term of Office: 1/3/2007 to 1/5/2009
District: 66A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Prosecutor, City of St. Paul
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Committees:
Finance Subcommittee: Public Safety Finance Division Minutes
Finance Subcommittee: State Government Finance Division Minutes
Public Safety and Civil Justice Minutes
Public Safety and Civil Justice Subcommittee: Crime Victims (Chair) Minutes
Public Safety and Civil Justice Subcommittee: Criminal Records Relief (Chair) Minutes
Public Safety and Civil Justice Subcommittee: Data Practices Minutes
Taxes Minutes

Legislative Session: 84th (2005-2006)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/2/2004 Term of Office: 1/4/2005 to 1/2/2007
District: 66A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Prosecutor, City of St. Paul
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Civil Law and Elections Minutes
Regulated Industries Minutes
Regulated Industries Subcommittee: Gaming Division Minutes
Taxes Minutes
Taxes Subcommittee: Property and Local Tax Division Minutes

Legislative Session: 83rd (2003-2004)   Session Details term photo
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Body: House Elected: 11/5/2002 Term of Office: 1/7/2003 to 1/3/2005
District: 66A Residence: Saint Paul
Counties Represented: Ramsey
Occupation: Prosecutor, City of St. Paul
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor
Bills Authored: Chief Author     Author
Special Session Bills Authored:  
Committees:
Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Policy
Judiciary Policy and Finance
Local Government and Metropolitan Affairs

Audio/Video
Session Interview (Video) 2008 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2006 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2005 House Interview

Session Interview (Video) 2003 House Interview


Articles & Books About
Kibiger, Michelle. "Unlikely Lawmaker: From Aspiring Priest to City Prosecutor, Lesch Hopes to Connect with Constituents as New Member of the House." Session Weekly, St. Paul: Minnesota House of Representatives Information Office, March 7, 2003, p. 23.




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