|Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 1st district
|Preceded by||Harry Kennedy|
July 24, 1961 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Jim Lembke (born July 24, 1961, Chicago, Illinois) was a Republican member of the Missouri Senate, representing the 1st District from 2009 to 2013. Previously he was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 2003 through 2008. In 2011, Lembke led a filibuster over the state accepting extended unemployment benefits from the federal government, effectively cutting off those benefits until an agreement cut state benefits to 20 weeks from 26 weeks. The move was criticized by both Democrats and Republicans, as the state was not required to pay anything for the extended benefits.
Personal life 
In addition to his legislative duties, Sen. Lembke is a business manager/development director at Providence Christian Academy. From 1987 to 1997 he was owner/partner of Savile Row. From 1982 to 1987 he was the owner of Christopher's Shoes. Sen. Lembke is a senior elder of Holy Trinity – REC and board chairman of Providence Christian Academy. He is a member of the South County Chamber; Lemay and Tesson Republican Organizations and was on the board of Sunshine Mission from 1990 to 1993. A 1979 graduate of Mehlville Senior High School, Sen. Lembke attended Meramec Community College and Covenant Theological Seminary. Sen. Lembke lives in St. Louis County, Missouri with his wife, Donna. They have two children: Anna and Mitchell.
- Official Manual, State of Missouri, 2005-2006. Jefferson City, MO: Secretary of State.
- Jim Lembke for State Senate official campaign website
- Missouri Senate - Jim Lembke official government website
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