John has lived in Northern Virginia since 1981 and in McLean since 1987. He is married to Dr. Marilyn Jerome. John and Marilyn have two sons, Matthew, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and Patrick, a graduate of Georgetown University.
Raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, John worked in the steel mills to pay for his education and was the first member of his family to go to college.
He went on to obtain a degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, and a law degree from George Washington University. He earned his masters and law degrees attending school at night while working full time for a large public utility performing economic, cost analysis, and regulatory studies.
From 1981 until his election to the Board of Supervisors, John practiced construction law in Northern Virginia and was active in several civic associations and County advisory committees. He served as President of the McLean Citizens Association, President of the McLean Planning Committee, Chairman of the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council’s Legislative Committee, Chairman of the Chain Bridge District of the Boy Scouts of America, and Chairman of the Advocacy Committee of the Medical Care for Children Partnership.
First elected to the Board of Supervisors in 2007, John was re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He represents the Dranesville District which includes McLean, Great Falls, Herndon and portions of Vienna and Falls Church. He serves as Chairman of the Board’s Transportation Committee, the Information Technology Committee, and the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission as well as serving as a Vice Chairman of the Board’s Budget Committee. He also serves on the Audit Committee, and the Housing and Community Development Committee.
In addition, John represents Fairfax County on several regional boards and commissions including the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the Route 28 Commission, the Mosaic Community Development Authority, the Dulles Rail Phase I and Phase II Tax District Commissions, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Planning Coordination Advisory Committee, the Community Criminal Justice Board, and the GO Virginia Regional Council for Northern Virginia.
Since joining the Board of Supervisors, John works tirelessly to provide effective, results-oriented, common sense leadership for the residents of the Dranesville District and Fairfax County.