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John Lesinski, Jr. (December 28, 1914 – October 21, 2005) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He was the son of John Lesinski, Sr. He was of Polish descent.

Lesinski was born in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of eleven years, he moved with his parents to Dearborn. He attended parochial schools, SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, and graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn. At the age of eighteen years, he enlisted in the United States Navy as an apprentice seaman and served, 1933–1937. He was called to active duty again in February 1941 and served until October 1945 and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. He was vice president of Hamtramck Lumber Company, 1939–1943 and 1951–1954, as well as president of Dearborn Properties.

Lesinski's father, John Lesinski, Sr., died in May 1950, leaving his seat in Congress vacant. In November 1950. Lesinski was elected as a Democrat from Michigan's 16th congressional district to the 82nd United States Congress and to the six succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1951 to January 3, 1965. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the 89th Congress in 1964, losing to fellow Democrat John Dingell. Lesinski was one of the few northern Democrats to oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Dingell was the incumbent U.S. Representative from Michigan's 15th congressional district, but portions of the 16th and the 15th districts were combined into a redrawn 16th district for the 1964 elections. He was a member of the board of commissioners of Wayne County, 1968-1973.

Lesinski died in Dearborn, Michigan.


Further reading

  • Adams, Harreld S. (December 1966). "The Dingell-Lesinski 1964 Primary Race". University of Utah. pp. 688–96. Digital object identifier:10.2307/445144. JSTOR 445144. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Lesinski, Sr.
United States Representative for the 16th Congressional District of Michigan
Succeeded by
John Dingell, Jr.

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