John is a lifelong Wichitan, graduating from the Wichita Public Schools with honors and receiving undergraduate degrees from both Wichita State with honors and the University of Kansas. While in high school and college John was active in debate and forensics as well as Scouting and is an Eagle Scout. He graduated from KU Law School in 1982 and entered private practice in Wichita, first representing doctors, hospitals and health care providers throughout the state and later working Kansans from all walks of life.
John was appointed to serve as member and chair of the Kansas Human Rights Commission by Governor Sebelius. He later served a four year term as chair of the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and training, where he was instrumental in revising and updating the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Act. In the 90’s, John served on Governor Finney’s Commission on Public Libraries.
John has been an active member of the community, having served on the Board of Trustees of his church and volunteering his time for over the past ten years as legal counsel in Wichita for the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. He has also lectured nationally and throughout the state on voting rights and election law, and served on the adjunct facility at the Barton School at Wichita State University, teaching labor relations.
John’s district, the 92nd, includes Riverside and portions of Northwest Wichita. John and wife Cheryl are presently raising two fine dogs adopted from the Kansas Humane Society, a stray puppy who grew up, and a citified farm cat in their North Riverside home. John is an instrument rated private pilot and licensed amateur radio operator. In his spare time John enjoys hunting, fishing, skeet shooting, and competitive target shooting. John is also an avid student of Wichita and Kansas history.