John Rutherford (Florida politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th district
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Ander Crenshaw|
|Sheriff of Duval County|
|Preceded by||Nat Glover|
|Succeeded by||Mike Williams|
September 2, 1952 |
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Alma mater||Florida State University
FBI Academy National Executive Institute
|Occupation||law enforcement officer|
John Henry Rutherford (born September 2, 1952) is an American law enforcement officer and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 4th congressional district. He was an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and served as Duval County Sheriff from 2003 to 2015.
Early life and education
Rutherford was born in 1952 in Omaha and has lived in Jacksonville since 1958. He earned an associate's degree in police administration from Florida Junior College, then received a bachelor's degree in criminology at Florida State University. Later, he attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and graduated in session 171. He is also a graduate of the National Executive Institute.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Officer Rutherford started out as a patrolman in 1974 and rose to the rank of Captain. He has commanded a number of divisions, including Arson, Burglary, the Police Academy and Patrol on the Southside. He also served as Chief of Services, Traffic and Special Operations, and Chief of Patrol. As Chief of Services, Chief of Traffic/Special Operations and Chief of Patrol, where he commanded over 700 uniformed officers.
In 1995, Rutherford was appointed as Director of Corrections under then-Sheriff Nat Glover and held that title for 8 years.
Rutherford ran for Sheriff in 2003 and won election. In 2006 Sheriff Rutherford started the HITZ Program to stop transient nuisance crimes and help transient substance abusing persons into treatment rather than prison. Rutherford instituted programs in which officers walked the beat downtown, Operation Safe Streets, Gun Bounty Rewards and a Public Awareness Campaign with Billboard, Radio and TV commercials. Initiatives also include; Intelligence Lead Policing, Community Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement through LEAN concepts. By 2011 the City of Jacksonville was enjoying a forty year low in crime.
In February, 2003, a campaign violation complaint was filed by a City Council candidate alleging violations of the Federal Hatch Act of 1939, which prohibits employees working for federally funded agencies from running for office in partisan elections. Rutherford consulted a lawyer, and was told there was no conflict, but retired anyway, in order to remove any doubt, with 28 years of service.
U.S. House of Representatives
Rutherford announced his candidacy for Florida's 4th congressional district on April 15, 2016. Originally he announced he would run for Florida's 6th congressional district in 2015. On August 30, 2016, he won the Republican primary with 38.7% of the vote, beating Lake Ray, Hans Tanzler III and Bill McClure. He faced David Bruderly in the general election and won. On January 11, 2017, he collapsed in the Capitol and was hospitalized.
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Rutherford campaigned for Duval County sheriff, running against fellow Republicans David Anderson and Lem Sharp. In the election on April 15, 2003, Rutherford won 135,038 votes, 78 percent of the total. He took office on July 1, 2003. Rutherford was re-elected in 2007 and 2011.
On August 30, 2016, he won the Republican Primary for Florida's 4th Congressional District.
|Republican||Hans Tanzler III||18,999||19.0%|
|Republican||Deborah Katz Pueschel||2,137||2.1%|
Rutherford is married to his wife, Patricia. They have two children (Alicia and Michael) and five grandchildren, Michela, Hannah, Maria Vittoria, Kiera and John-Carlo. In an interview prior to his first election in 2003, he was asked what voters would be surprised to know about John Rutherford. His reply: "I'm still a surfer."
- "Guide to the New Congress" (PDF). Roll Call. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Florida Times-Union: March 13, 2003-Veteran cop Rutherford has vision for Sheriff's Office
-  Sheriff John Rutherford Biography COJ.net
-  HITZ is a hit - Daily Record
-  Merchants agree JSO’s effort to curb crime at Hemming Plaza is working. Daily Record
-  Sheriff's Initiatives - COJ.net
- Florida Times-Union: March 1, 2003-Candidates accused of violating law
- Cheney, Kyle; Bresnahan, John (January 11, 2017). "Fla. lawmaker taken from Capitol on stretcher". Politico. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
- Wong, Scott (January 11, 2017). "Congressman collapses in House cloakroom". The Hill. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
- Rahman, Rema (January 19, 2017). "John Rutherford Continues Recuperation". Roll Call. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
- "Congressman John Rutherford has been released from the hospital". WTLV First Coast News. January 22, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
- Florida Times-Union: March 3, 2007-DUVAL COUNTY SHERIFF: Rutherford is slow, on track
- Treen, Dana: "John Rutherford wins re-election as Jacksonville sheriff" Florida Times-Union, March 22, 2011
- Campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority