John is a third generation Washingtonian, navy veteran and civil rights attorney. John has also served as Chair of the Kirkland Planning Commission and has been a member of the Commission since 2017. John has led transformational work on Kirkland most important issues like: Affordable Housing, unprecedented growth and making developers pay for the infrastructure needed to support growth.
John's grandparents moved to Kirkland in 1946 after World War II and his grandfather became the first flight instructor at Kenmore Air Harbor. John graduated from Bellevue High School and received a BS in aerospace from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He reported to the Naval Officer Candidates School in September 2001 where he served as a Naval officer from 2001-2009, rising to the rank of Lieutenant and receiving a national Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. During that time, he served as both a pilot and an aide in the U.S. House of representatives. John then attended the Seattle University School of Law and served in the criminal prosecution division of the City of Everett. In 2014, John founded his own law firm, John T Law, PLLC and helped to establish the Washington State Veterans Bar Association, an organization that advocates on behalf of veterans and provides pro-bono legal services to veterans and underserved populations. John and his wife, Tracey, an elementary school principal, live in the Houghton Neighborhood with their children Jack, Teddy and Molly.
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