After graduation from high school, John attended William Paterson University, Wayne NJ. In January 1976, he volunteered for military service in the U.S. Army and was stationed at the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Ft. Leavenworth KS, as a Military Policeman/Correctional Specialist while attending Park University.
Following active military service, he joined the Kansas National Guard and became a Correctional Officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the U. S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, and two years later transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution at Otisville, NY.
In November 1982, John returned to Kansas and began a career with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. His first assignment was in the Detention Division followed by the Communications Division, Patrol Division, and finally the Investigations Division.
While in the Investigations Division, he was assigned to the Crimes Against Persons Unit and became a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Major Case Squad (Metro Squad). He was promoted to Sergeant in 1990 and assigned as the supervisor for the Crimes Against Property Unit.
In 1997 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as the supervisor for the Investigations Division and held the position of Lead Officer/Officer in Charge with the Metro Squad. In 2004 he was appointed as a Supervisor for the newly formed Johnson County Multi-Jurisdictional Officer Involved Shooting Team. In 2009 he was promoted to Captain, remaining in the Investigations Division, and becoming part of the Sheriff’s Office Command Staff. During his 21 years in the Investigations Division, he was integral in the development of the Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, Computer Forensic Unit, and Sexual Predator Unit, all new to Johnson County. As a member of the Metro Squad he has investigated or supervised numerous homicide investigations in both Kansas and Missouri. John also served on the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. John retired in 2010.
Since retirement, he has served on the Johnson County Charter Commission, participated in the Meals on Wheels Program and worked part time for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
John has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 40 years.
John was chosen in February 2017 by Republican Precinct Committee Members to succeed Rep. S Mike Kiegerl, who announced his resignation from the Kansas House of Representatives.
John serves on three committees, Children and Seniors, Government Technology and Security, and General Government Budget. Each committee conducts public hearings, questions conferees, and formulates and updates House Bills. After a bill, has been worked/amended committee members vote whether to pass it out of the committee to the House floor for further debate and possible vote. I also have been appointed to the House-Senate Joint Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice Oversight.
The Children and Seniors Committee conducted many hearings on a wide variety issues involving the State foster care system, establishing the foster care oversight task force, amendments to the grandparents as caregiver’s act, requiring certain records to become public records if a child in the custody of the secretary for children and families is sexually abused or suffers great bodily harm or death. Adding emergency medical services personnel to the list of mandatory reporters of abuse, neglect or exploitation of certain adults and electric monitoring in adult care homes.
The Government Technology and Security Committee held many hearings on state cybersecurity. Hackers are constantly attacking state computer systems that contain personal information on every Kansan. Currently a favorite target are health records. During this session committee members conducted hearings and voted on bills creating the Kansas cybersecurity act and revising membership of the information technology executive council and establishing the state interoperability advisory committee.
The General Government Budget Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Appropriations Committee on 27 State agency budgets.