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|Christopher Charles John|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 7th district
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Jimmy Hayes|
|Succeeded by||Charles Boustany|
|Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 42nd district
|Preceded by||Donald Thibodeaux|
|Succeeded by||Gil Pinac|
January 5, 1960 |
Crowley, Louisiana in Acadia Parish
|Spouse(s)||Payton Smith John|
Christopher Charles "Chris" John (born January 5, 1960) is American politician who was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2005, representing Louisiana's 7th congressional district.
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Chris John was born in Crowley, Louisiana, one of six children, and reared as a Roman Catholic. He is of Lebanese, French, and German extraction. He attended Notre Dame Catholic High School in Crowley and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was a house page while his father, John N. John, Jr., was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He later was elected to and served on the Crowley City Council in the early 1980s.
Chris John first became a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives before he entered the U.S. House. In what was considered a major upset at the time, John defeated the state House incumbent, the former director of the Louisiana State Police, Donald Thibodeaux, in October 1987, by 54-46 percent.
Thibodeaux had won a full term in 1983 after having won a special election the year before to fill the unexpired term of John's father, who died in an automobile accident. Chris John served in the state house until 1996, when he finished third with 15 percent of the statewide vote in the 1995 race for lieutenant governor behind the eventual winner (and, who, eight years later, in 2003, became Louisiana's first female chief executive) Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. John narrowly lost the general election berth against Blanco to a fellow state representative, Republican Suzanne Mayfield Krieger of Slidell in St. Tammany Parish.
Terms in Congress: Representative, and run for Senate
In 1996, John was elected to Congress. He defeated fellow Democrat Hunter Lundy in a runoff. In 2004, John surrendered his "safe" House seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by popular Democrat and fellow Crowley native John Breaux, who endorsed him.
Despite the endorsement of Breaux, John was defeated by Republican David Vitter of the New Orleans suburbs in the primary, Vitter garnering 51 percent of the vote, compared to only 29 percent for John. The remainder of the ballots was split between State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy and then-state senator Arthur Morrell, both Democrats. John's seat in the House fell into Republican hands, as Charles Boustany won the 7th district with 55% of the vote against Democrat Willie Mount.
John is married to Payton Smith of Leesville, whose father, John Smith, was a member of the Louisiana legislature. They have two sons, twin boys. John has worked as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C since his defeat, making his home in Lafayette, Louisiana, while commuting to Washington. In August 2007, Chris John made public his acceptance of the top lobbying job with The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, allowing him to move permanently back to Louisiana (Morning Advocate).
|1996||Christopher John||128,449||53%||(no candidate)||Hunter Lundy||Democratic||113,351||47%|
|1998||Christopher John||*||(no candidate)|
|2000||Christopher John||152,796||83%||(no candidate)||Michael P. Harris||Libertarian||30,687||17%|
|2002||Christopher John||138,659||87%||(no candidate)||Roberto Valletta||Libertarian||21,051||13%|
|2004||Christopher John||542,150||29%||David Vitter||943,014||51%||Richard M. Fontanesi||15,097||1%|
|John Neely Kennedy||275,821||15%||R. A. Skip Galan||12,463||1%|
|Arthur A. Morrell||47,222||3%|
|Sam Houston Melton, Jr.||12,289||1%|
- Books LLC. "People From Crowley, Louisiana: Edwin Edwards, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, John Breaux, Gil Pinac, Jack Brooks, Chris John, Mike Francis". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on July 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
- "Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame". cityofwinnfield.com. Archived from the original on July 3, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's 7th congressional district