John was first elected to the Dáil in 2007 and was re-elected on February 25th 2011. He is currently the Chairman of the Transport and Communications Committee and was previously elected Vice Chairman of this committee in September 2011.
He was Deputy Spokesperson on Tourism, Culture and Sport with Special Responsibility for Sport from October 2007-March 2011.
John was formerly a teacher in St Nathy’s College, Ballaghadereen and won GAA titles as a player and manager before moving into politics.
John is a native of Kilmovee. He is married to Gerardine (nee Towey) and 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 John’s 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.