State Senator James F. Clayborne Jr. (D-Belleville) was born Dec. 29, 1963 in St. Louis. He has tirelessly promoted the growth of safe and healthy families in his Metro East district since first being appointed in 1995 and then elected in 1996.
The senator serves as the majority leader in the Senate, chairs the Assignments Committee and serves on the Executive Appointments, Insurance and Executive committees.
Clayborne graduated from Tennessee State University in 1985, and in 1988 earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Fla. He is a former assistant state's attorney in St. Clair County. Additionally, he served as a child support prosecutor, a supervisor in the St. Clair County Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Division, a supervisor in Felony Probation Revocations and a felony prosecutor. He also was one of 50 attorneys selected nationwide to participate in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Law Institute in Quantico, Virginia.
Currently, Clayborne is a partner with his firm of Clayborne, Sabo & Wagner of Belleville where he focuses on civil litigation defence.
In his spare time, the senator is involved in a host of civic and community organizations. He hosts a college bus tour twice a year, which is open to all high school students in his district. Clayborne also is an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in East St. Louis.
Clayborne, who has four sons, resides in Belleville.