John is a retired airline pilot, serving Delta for over 31 years. Prior to Delta, he served in the US Air Force for 11 and a half years; three and a half years as a Public Affairs Officer and eight years as a pilot. He flew and instructed pilots in the KC-135, refueling other airplanes in flight on global missions including the SR-71.
John flew multiple airplanes around the world for Delta, retiring as a B-767 Captain. He saw exotic destinations including those in Bombay, Singapore, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, London, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Frankfurt, Rome, and more. He was privileged to pick up an airplane that had diverted into Iwo Jima, site of a historic WWII battle and now controlled by the Japanese military.
During his 31 years at Delta, John served as a member of the pilot’s union leadership, representing the Portland-based pilots for five years. He joined fellow employees fighting flawed employee drug testing standards. This resulted in changed federal standards, and more importantly, getting several employees their jobs back.
John got involved in area politics during the Columbia River Crossing debate. He became a citizen activist, speaking out against wasteful spending and fighting for common sense transportation solutions. He ran for the Washington state legislature twice, a Representative position in 2014 and Senate in 2020.
John is the eldest of six children. He remains extremely close with members of his family and lives in Oregon and Washington. He has 14 nieces and nephews and a growing number of “grands” in the next generation. John has enjoyed skiing, scuba diving, travel, and time on his Harley when he’s not busy with local issues or flying.