Jim Luken

Jim Luken
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 24th district
In office
January 3, 1973-December 31, 1976
Preceded by Dale Schmidt
Succeeded by Terry Tranter
Personal details
Born (1921-12-31)December 31, 1921
Died July 12, 1979(1979-07-12) (aged 57)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Resting place New St. Joseph Cemetery[1]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ida Smith[2]
Relations Tom Luken (brother)

James T. Luken (December 31, 1921 – July 12, 1979) was an American politician and labor union leader of the Democratic party, who served as mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the 1970s.

Luken was a local leader of the Milk Driver's Union, a subsidiary of the Teamsters. Luken was one of the few Teamsters who stood up to the corrupt leadership of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa. Luken withdrew the dairy workers from the Teamsters Union and testified against Hoffa before the United States Senate.

Luken served in the Ohio House of Representatives and on the Cincinnati city council before becoming mayor.

Luken's brother and nephew, Tom Luken and Charlie Luken, both served as U.S. representatives and mayors of Cincinnati.

Luken died in 1979 and is interred at New St. Joseph Cemetery.[3]



Political offices
Preceded by
Bobbie L. Sterne
Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
Succeeded by
Jerry Springer
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