John Lim

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John Lim
Member of the Oregon Senate
from the 11th district
In office
Succeeded by John Minnis
Member of the Oregon House of Representatives
from the 50th district
In office
Preceded by Laurie Monnes Anderson
Succeeded by Greg Matthews
Personal details
Born (1935-12-23) December 23, 1935 (age 81)
Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Political party Republican
Alma mater Seoul Theological College
Western Evangelical Seminary
John Lim
Hangul 임용근
Hanja 林龍根[1]
Revised Romanization Im Yonggeun
McCune–Reischauer Im Yonggǔn

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 run for the U.S. Senate and for the Republican nomination for Governor of Oregon.

Early life[edit]

Lim was born in Yeoju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.[2] 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.[citation needed] He emigrated to the United States in 1966, penniless.[2] 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.

Political career[edit]

Lim was elected to the 11th district[3] of the Oregon State Senate in 1992. He served as Majority Leader in 1995[4] 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."[5]

Lim was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 1998, losing to incumbent Democrat Ron Wyden.[6]

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.[7]

In 2004, Lim was elected State Representative of District 50. He was re-elected to that office in 2006, serving in the 73rd Oregon Legislative Assembly and the 74th Oregon Legislative Assembly.

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.

Lim was a candidate for the Republican nomination for Oregon governor in 2010.[8] He came in third out of nine, behind the primary winner Chris Dudley and second-place finisher Allen Alley.[9]


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Gordon H. Smith
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Oregon
(Class 3)

Succeeded by
Al King