John is from a family of nine children and raised in Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. He had a career in government as a senior procurement official and then was an executive in business. His second career was home construction as a full partner with his son Eric, whom he lost in death. He was active in the Catholic Newman Movement in college. He remains active in the Charismatic and Cursillo movements in the Catholic Church.
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