John was raised on the rural Minnesota farm where his parents still live. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University and has worked as a laborer, corrections officer, and Sears store owner.

As Mayor of Red Wing, he gained a reputation for reducing government spending and saving taxpayer dollars.

As Minnesota State Senate,  he served on the following committees:

  • Taxes
  • Jobs and Economic Development
  • Transportation
  • Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications

John’s background includes a strong mix of private and public sector involvement, along with a commitment to serving his fellow citizens.



  • Mayor of Red Wing
  • Minnesota State Senator



  • Jobs and Economic Development
  • Taxes
  • Transportation
  • Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications
  • MN Clean Water Council
  • PrairieIsland Nuclear Storage Task Force
  • MN Tourism Advisory Board
  • Goodhue County Health & Human Services Commissioner
  • Elks Lodge
  • Kiwanis
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • National Rifle Association
  • Red Wing Wildlife League
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Minnesota Grape Growers Association, board



In considering legislation or listening to constituents, John draws upon his real world experience as a father, husband, and employer.

As the father of three children in the Red Wing public schools, he is especially sensitive to issues of education legislation, in which he has a deep personal stake.

As the husband to Lisa, John understands the pressures working families face trying to find balance in their lives, all the while trying to make ends meet.

As an employer, he’s felt the weight of making payroll for his employees and their families who depend upon him. He knows how legislation and taxes impact employees and small businesses.

  • Raised on a farm in western Minnesota (Chokio)
  • BA, Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
  • Corrections officer/case worker at Minnesota Department of Corrections
  • 20 years with Sears; District Manager, Chairman of the Sears Dealer Council and 10 years owning five Sears dealer stores


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