|Address||4951 Trillium Trail |
Long Grove, Illinois 60047, United States
|| 00, 1966
Dec 25, 2011 01:38am
U.S. Air Force - U.S. National Reserve -
|Info||Democrat John Tree is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve, a successful businessman, former collegiate athlete, a husband and a father of five children. |
The son of a career Air Force Fighter Pilot and combat veteran, John is an Eagle Scout who lived in eighteen different places by the time he entered college at the United States Air Force Academy. His family of eight struggled at times living on a single military paycheck, but his upbringing was rich with experience as John grew up in communities across the country and across the world.
Between his second and third year at the Air Force Academy, John spent two years as a missionary in Haiti where he encountered devastating poverty, malnutrition, high infant mortality and humbling hardship. His mission building homes and tending to those in desperate need changed his life, inspiring him to always to stand up for those in need.
John left Air Force active duty in 1997 and currently serves in the Air Force Reserve as the Senior Reservist to the Director of Global Combat Support for the Headquarters of the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon. During the course of his military career, John has earned over twenty-eight awards and decorations, making him one of the most highly decorated Colonels in the Air Force.
John’s private sector career as an entrepreneur and a healthy foods executive has been diverse and equally successful. He started his business career as an Assistant Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble and then worked as a Senior Brand Manager and Marketing Director at The Kellogg Company, President of a local small natural foods business with twenty employees, and along with his wife Michelle, a Wharton MBA Graduate, ran a business from their own home helping companies market their healthy food and drink brands.
John Tree understands how economies grow, and how businesses succeed and create jobs. He holds an MBA from Chaminade University in Hawaii and a Masters in Economics from the University of Oklahoma.
In May of 2011, John was working at the Pentagon as the debate over the debt ceiling was unfolding in Congress. John was part of planning the Pentagon’s efforts to tell our troops in forward war zones that they would not get paid in the event of a government shutdown.
John was motivated to run for Congress when it became clear that extremists in Congress put their narrow partisan interests ahead of our shared national interests.
Knowing what it was like to grow up in a military family living paycheck to paycheck, John decided then and there he would get directly into the fight to protect middle-class families. He is running for Congress to protect our promise to veterans and seniors by bringing an end to the bitter partisanship that is failing our Country.
John would bring broad experience to Congress on both economic and foreign policy matters.
In 1995, Tree served as Chief of West Mediterranean Logistics for the 16th Air Force, responsible for logistics support for Tunisia, Morocco and Israel. John was on the ground in Israel on twelve different occasions collaborating with the Israeli Air Force on military security. His security clearance allowed him to see realities that most Americans don’t see, fueling his strong support for the State of Israel.
John is married to Michelle Tree and they have had five children. Their oldest daughter Stephanie died tragically from an accidental drug overdose in 2011.