|Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 11th district
|Succeeded by||John Minnis|
|Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 50th district
|Preceded by||Laurie Monnes Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Greg Matthews|
December 23, 1935 |
Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
|Alma mater||Seoul Theological College
Western Evangelical Seminary
|Revised Romanization||Im Yonggeun|
John Lim (born December 23, 1935) is a Republican politician in the United States state of Oregon. He has served in both houses of the Oregon Legislative Assembly and was the Oregon State Senate Majority Leader in 1995. He has unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate and for the Republican nomination for Governor of Oregon.
Lim was born in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea. As an adolescent, Lim suffered from tuberculosis for five years, from which he nearly died. He was married in 1963 and graduated from Seoul Theological College in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. He emigrated to the United States in 1966, penniless. When he first arrived in America, he had no resources and worked as a janitor. He later had plans to become a Catholic priest. He eventually decided against this, however, as it would have required him to abandon his Protestant heritage. As an adult, Lim started several businesses, including a house painting and gardening business, a vitamin distribution company, and a real estate business with his wife.
He continued his theological studies at Western Evangelical Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity in 1970.
Lim was elected to the 11th district of the Oregon State Senate in 1992. He served as Majority Leader in 1995 and was re-elected in 1996. In April 1999, while serving as chairman of the Trade & Economic Development committee, Lim famously proposed installing signs at the state lines reading, "You are welcome to visit Oregon, but please don't stay." The signs were intended to discourage visitors from moving to Oregon, to preserve the state's economic and ecologic infrastructure as well as general "quality of life."
Oregon's term limit law was still in effect at the conclusion of his second Senate term, so he left the Senate following the 1999 Legislative session. Lim was succeeded by fellow Republican John Minnis.
John Lim lost his bid for re-election to the Oregon House in the 2008 general election. Former police officer Greg Matthews, a Democrat, took over representation of Oregon's 50th District in January 2009.
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- Note: District numbers changed following the Census of 2000.
- http://www.newberggraphic.com/news/2009/December/08/Local.News/john.lim.mounts.run.for.governor/news.aspx Retrieved July 7, 2010
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- Election record
- Mapes, Jeff (September 5, 2009). "John Lim says he's also running for governor". OregonLive.com.
- http://egov.sos.state.or.us/division/elections/results/2010P/1866836181.html Retrieved May 25, 2010
|Party political offices|
Gordon H. Smith
|Republican nominee for United States Senator from Oregon