John studied philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his bachelor of arts. After graduating from college, he returned to his hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota. John worked in construction and restaurant management before attending law school. He received his juris doctor (with distinction) from the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar Association of North Dakota and is licensed to practice law in North Dakota and Montana.
John and his wife, Mary Catherine, live in downtown Bismarck with their son, Edward. They enjoy spending their free time in the North Dakota outdoors. John is an avid sailor and cook.