John is a fourth-generation Texan, born and raised in the East Texas town of Crockett. When he was young, his father was involved in politics, first as a state legislator and later as a congressman. His mother was president of the local school board. That was a time when Democrats and Republicans worked together with a greater sense of common purpose than they do today.

Today, John is a lawyer with the Dallas-based firm of Haynes and Boone. Over the years he’s learned to be both a committed advocate and a problem-solver for his clients. He’s also spent large parts of his career working for public-interest causes, like better support for our public schools and cleaner air in our cities.

John and his wife Jenia came to Dallas soon after they were married fourteen years ago. Jenia is a law professor at SMU. They are the proud parents of two young sons.