Shreveport businessman and attorney Rick John has announced his decision to seek the 4th Congressional District seat.

SHREVEPORT, LA. – Shreveport businessman and attorney Rick John today announced his decision to seek the 4th Congressional District seat being vacated this fall by Congressman John Fleming.

John, a Republican, is a founding partner in the law firm of Smith & John and a partner in Landmark Title Group of Shreveport. Said John, “We need to put America’s house in order.  We need members of Congress who are completely honest about the problems facing our nation and who will work to find solutions; we need problem solvers, not whiners.”

“I am a husband, father and businessman. I do not want to sit idly by as our economy declines, our constitutional rights are eroded, our borders are ignored, and our infrastructure fails.  We can do better in America.  We don’t need politicians who only pander to special interests to win personal fame.  We don’t need politicians who want to join Washington. I will be a Congressman willing to fight Washington to release the stranglehold our government has on all Americans.” said John about his candidacy.

John, a champion for our veterans, is the former Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Soldiers’ Angels.  Soldiers’ Angels is a national organization that provides support to the U.S. military including soldiers on active duty, wounded, veterans, and their families. He also served Soldiers’ Angels as the National Guard Liaison, as chairman of the Hurricane Katrina relief fund and as legal counsel. For his compassion and commitment to the Armed Forces, John was awarded the Louisiana National Guard Distinguished Civilian Service Medal and the Military Bloggers Recognition Award.

John continues to stand-up for our veterans by working with VA whistleblowers to uncover abuses within the VA system. Currently, John represents local whistleblower Shea Wilkes who is fighting to shine a light on the corrupt practices in the VA system.  John said, “The problems within our VA system are a reflection of the problems facing our entire government, the failures of a bloated, unaccountable bureaucracy that undermines the hard work of its employees and the needs of our veterans.”

John, 47, is married to pediatrician, Dr. Angela Cush-John, and they have three children. A lifelong resident of Shreveport, he graduated from Loyola College Preparatory in 1986 and received his Bachelor of Arts in 1990 from Tulane University.  In 1993, John earned his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University.  With over 20 years of legal experience, John is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and the Federal Fifth Circuit Bar Association.  He has served on the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates since 2002 and has served as a barrister in the Harry V. Booth and Henry A. Politz Inn of Court where he promoted ethics and professionalism in law.

This is his first run for political office.  He has begun assembling his campaign team led by veteran media consultant Greg Buisson. Buisson’s firm recently completed Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser’s successful campaign, and the firm is the recent recipient of nine coveted Reed Award honors from Campaigns & Elections magazine. Fleming, (R – Louisiana), has been in Congress since 2008 and is not seeking re-election but will instead run for the U.S. Senate hoping to replace retiring Senator David Vitter.