2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
John grew up in a blue-collar family in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey. His dad was a hardworking union electrician, and his parents didn’t attend college. John’s grandparents came to the United States from Ireland and England where they got jobs in Jersey City – one grandfather worked in a pencil factory and the other was a dockworker.
His parents never had the opportunity to attend college. It was on a scholarship provided by his father’s labor union, IBEW 164, that John was able to attend and graduate from Columbia University. He later graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where he met his wife, April.
After law school, John decided to take a chance and start his own businesses from scratch. By the time he turned 40, John had launched and led two companies that created thousands of jobs, were admired in the community, and were publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. With his first company, Healthcare Financial Partners, John was the youngest CEO on the NYSE. In 2004, John was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and his businesses were voted best places to work – he’s the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
CapitalSource, John’s second company, was headquartered in Montgomery County, MD, and focused on providing loans to small businesses and mid-sized companies, the kind of businesses too often ignored by the big banks. For nearly twenty years, his company helped more than 5,000 small and mid-sized companies across the United States and employed nearly 2,000 people. In 2010, President Obama’s Treasury Department awarded CapitalSource the Bank Enterprise Award for investing in low-income and economically distressed communities.
In 2012, after a successful two decades in the private sector, John decided to take the skills he learned as an entrepreneur and business leader–management, job creation, strategy, idea generation, communication, and teamwork–to Washington. His campaign commitments then were the same as they are today: advance progressive values, find solutions and common ground, bring new ideas, and create forward-looking policies that help everyday Americans.
Since taking office in 2013, John has introduced large-scale bipartisan legislation on infrastructure, tax reform, Social Security, and impact investing. A champion for veterans and our military, an advocate of public education and pre-kindergarten, and a proponent of bringing jobs to underserved rural and urban communities, John understands that the only way to get this done is by pushing aside partisan rhetoric, and working together to get things done. In 2017, his bipartisan efforts and commitment to focusing on smart solutions earned him a spot on Fortune Magazine’s list of “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.”
John’s campaign focuses squarely on the future: technological innovation, automation and globalization are the most powerful forces in the world today. These forces will help society as a whole, but they won’t be good for everyone. That’s why John wants to start investing in the people and communities that have been left behind so that every kid, no matter where they’re from, has a shot at the American Dream.
John is running for president because he has an original approach to governing, an economic policy that can put us on a different course, and a vision for the country that lifts up all Americans and restores faith in government.
Between now and the end of 2018, John plans on making over 500 campaign stops in Iowa and New Hampshire, where he’ll win votes and support the old fashioned way: face to face with voters.
John and April live in Montgomery County, Maryland with their four daughters and two dogs.