He was elected to the Dáil on February 25, 2011 He was re-appointed Deputy Spokesperson on Tourism, Culture and Sport with Special Responsibility for Sport, October, 2010. John was a teacher in St Nathys College, Ballaghadereen, and won GAA titles as a player and manager before moving into politics.
Some other facts about John: John is a native of Kilmovee. He is married to Gerardine (nee Towey) they have five daughters. He won All Ireland football titles playing for Mayo Minors and Under 21s in 1971 and 1974, respectively. He managed Mayo Under-21s to an All-Ireland title in 1983, before going on to manage the Mayo senior team to back-to-back Connacht titles in 1988 and 1989. In 1989 Mayo also reached the All Ireland final under Johns stewardship. Since then he has gone on to manage Leitrim to their first ever Connacht title in 1994 and Galway to All Ireland successes in 1998 and 2001.