John came to the Kansas AFL-CIO in January, 2018 to assist in the organization's work. John comes from the United Steel Workers Local 307 where he served as Goodyear union rep for the six years prior and as COPE chairman for the last three years. John was also a Teamster member from 1978 to 1983 when he worked for United Parcel Service. John’s extensive political history began in the early nineties working on local and state campaigns for public servants still serving at the local, and state levels. Soon after expanding on his own political experience, John served as district four councilman for the City of Topeka from 2003-2007.
The United Steelworkers International Political Dept. utilized John’s experience in working on campaigns, that they had interest in, working in past elections across the United States.
John is a graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka, National Leadership Development training program- National Institute of Corrections. He is a standing board member of Living the Dream Inc; past board member of American Red Cross, Golden City Sertoma, Volunteer Center of Topeka, KDOT/ Topeka aesthetics design committee. John was confirmed by the Governor and serves on the KDOL Nominating Committee for selecting appeal judges regarding the State's Workers Compensation and Unemployment benefit cases. John also serves on Governor Kelly's Commission on Racial Equity and Justice and the WKA Executive Board.