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Thaddeus John "T. John" Lesinski, (April 28, 1925 - 1996), was politician and judge from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Lesinski was born in Detroit, Michigan and lived in Detroit and Grosse Pointe Shores. He graduated from the University of Detroit Law School in 1950 and served as warrant officer in the Maritime Service with action in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian theatres during World War II. He was a member of the law firm of Lesinski & Paruk of Detroit.

In 1974 Judge Lesinski was the subject of Detroit Free Press articles by David Johnston (later David Cay Johnston) and Ellen Grezch on his lavish spending of taxpayer money. Judge Lesinski defended the spending, including buying fancier cars than the Michigan Supreme Court justices drove, saying "the dignity of the court" required top-of-the-line Oldsmobile 98s. Cartoonist Larry Wright then mocked the judge as "Judge T. John Spendthrifski" in a series of political cartoons that ran Jan. 21 to Jan. 25, 1974, in the Detroit Free Press.

He served as a Democrat in the Michigan State House of Representatives, from Wayne County's 1st District, 1951-54, and Wayne County's 7th District, 1955-60. He was elected and served as Lieutenant Governor of Michigan from 1961 to 1964. He served as Judge in the Michigan Court of Appeals 1st District from 1965 to 1976, being elected unopposed 1972 and resigned in 1976. He was a Catholic, a member of the American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Polish National Alliance, Knights of Columbus, and Delta Theta Phi.

Lesinski was the Lieutenant Governor of Michigan under Governors John Swainson and George W. Romney. Although George W. Romney was a Republican, Lesinski was a Democrat, and defeated Romney's running mate, since the Governor and Lieutenant Governor were at that time elected separately in Michigan.

T. John Lesinski died in 1996.

Political offices
Preceded by
John Swainson
Lieutenant Governor of Michigan
1961-1964
Succeeded by
William G. Milliken

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