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About John Lamping

Family

John Lamping was born and raised in South St. Louis County where he and his family were members of the Assumption Catholic Parish. John’s mother and father each worked to support the family financially. As the oldest, John spent much of his time caring for his younger brother and sisters and at age 11 started his first job.

John attended St. Louis University High School. Following high school, John attended Princeton University where he was a member of the varsity soccer team. In 1985 he graduated with a degree in Economics and went to work as a Currency Trader in Manhattan where he eventually met his wife of 22 years, Caryn.

After five years together, John and Caryn welcomed their first child, Rachel, into the family. Shortly thereafter they were blessed with daughter Charlotte and later their first son, Jackson. In 1995 John and Caryn decided they wanted to raise their family in a community that espouses their values of faith, family and community first so together they agreed that moving home to St. Louis was a natural choice.

Once settled into the St. Louis community John and Caryn decided to expand their family. In 2001, they traveled to Beijing to bring home their daughter, Emma Qua. In 2003 they again traveled to China to add Shelby Mei and in 2005 brought home Dmitri from Moscow to complete their family.

Service

Since his return to St. Louis, John has devoted his life to community service. He served as a member of the Finance Board and as the Parish Council President for St. Alphonsus "Rock" Church from 1996-2001 and as the finance and endowment chair of Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis from 1995-2005. He currently serves as the Endowment Chair for St. Louis University High School, as a member of the Stewardship Committee for Our Lady of the Pillar and as a member of the Endowment Committee for the St. Louis City Academy. John also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Fontbonne University and as a Trustee of St. Louis University High School.

For the past six years John has also been a partner in the philanthropic group, Social Venture Partners (SVP), an arm of the Regional Business Council. As a partner, he has worked with a number of non-profit agencies focusing on at risk children, including KidSmart and the St. Louis Internship Program.

John's experience instilled in him a desire to serve, a main reason why he originally chose to run for office. As a Senator, John continues the theme of giving back to his community.

Professional

John is a graduate of St. Louis University High School where he was a scholar athlete and captain of the soccer team. John’s hard work at St. Louis University High School allowed him to attend Princeton University where he lettered in varsity soccer all four years. John graduated from Princeton in 1985 with a degree in Economics.

Following graduation John went to work in Manhattan as a Currency Trader. He eventually returned to school to pursue an MBA in Finance at New York University. He graduated with distinction from New York University and went to work as a Bond Trader in Manhattan.

Since 1998, John has worked for a major St. Louis-based securities brokerage firm, and currently serves as a personal financial advisor and brokerage manager for the firm.

As a Senator, John serves on numerous Senate and Joint Interim Committees, including: Vice-Chair of Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment; Health, Mental Health, Seniors & Families; Jobs, Economic Development and Local Government; Transportation; Veteran’s Affairs, Emerging Issues, Pensions & Urban Affairs; Joint Committee on Public Employee Retirement; Joint Interim Committee on State Employee Wages; Joint Committee on Tax Policy; Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight; Children’s Trust Fund Board; Joint Review Committee on Downtown & Rural Economic Stimulus Act; Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission; and the State Employees Voluntary Life Insurance Commission.

The St. Louis Business Journal named Senator Lamping the 2011 (Legislative) Rookie of the Year and the Greater St. Louis Area YMCA presented Senator Lamping with the 2011 award for Social Responsibility.