California’s 48th Congressional District Candidate

John Gabbard

John Gabbard is your neighbor and wants to serve you.
He needs your vote to become your Congressman.

A Lifetime of Service and Leadership

John was born in Kokomo, Ind., and has been blessed to live the American Dream in the 48th. He is the son of Eugene, a factory supervisor and Vietnam/Desert Storm Marine who served for 34 years, and Susan, a nurse who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1994. Growing up in the Midwest, John was raised on the importance of faith, hard work, service, family and helping your neighbor.

John enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve while attending Wilmington College in Delaware. He rose through the ranks, quickly being meritoriously promoted to Private First Class, Corporal and Sergeant. Upon graduation with a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, John was commissioned as an officer in the Marines. John served with some of the finest young men and women in the country as an Engineer Platoon and Company Commander, and a Battalion Operations Officer.

A Lifetime of Service and Leadership

John was born in Kokomo, Ind., and has been blessed to live the American Dream in the 48th. He is the son of Eugene, a factory supervisor and Vietnam/Desert Storm Marine who served for 34 years, and Susan, a nurse who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1994. Growing up in the Midwest, John was raised on the importance of faith, hard work, service, family and helping your neighbor.

John enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve while attending Wilmington College in Delaware. He rose through the ranks, quickly being meritoriously promoted to Private First Class, Corporal and Sergeant. Upon graduation with a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, John was commissioned as an officer in the Marines. John served with some of the finest young men and women in the country as an Engineer Platoon and Company Commander, and a Battalion Operations Officer.

Service in the Marine Corps

During his service, the Marine Corps asked John to travel to many of the world’s remote and hostile locations in service of our country, 19 countries in all. John led the Evacuation Control Center in the Central African Republic, where he took part in rescuing 448 Americans and third-country nationals during a military coup and assisted in the evacuation of Americans in Monrovia, Liberia. John has completed engineering reconnaissance missions in Bosnia and Djibouti, served as an Operations Officer in Kuwait and Japan, and trained and served with military forces from England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. John was also the author of several manuals on Marine Corps and Joint Forces engineering operations and amphibious breaching operations. John was Honorable Discharged from the Marine Corps in 2005 as a Major. He misses serving with his Marines every day.

John’s military service for the country gives him firsthand experience and insight. John has witnessed first-hand the horrors of war, oppression, desperate poverty and violence waged on people by corrupt and self-serving governments. John has also seen the great respect people of other nations have for the United States, the respect that we have for other nations and the power of listening and compassion.

A Builder and Small Business Owner

John worked his way through college as a project manager for a custom homebuilder in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania and as a Plan Examiner for a local County Building Department. In that work he found that he enjoyed helping families build their American dreams. After leaving the Marine Corps, John worked for a number of publicly traded homebuilders as a land acquisition, entitlement and development executive where he successfully bought, entitled or developed over 20,000 homes throughout the 48th District and California. He has negotiated land purchases with sophisticated large corporations and smart brothers and sisters managing their parent’s estate. John has navigated the labyrinth of housing regulations in California from CEQA environmental reports, and Subdivision Map Act requirements while leading vast teams of scientists, engineers, planners and lawyers. He has also experienced the every-day struggle of getting a simple plumbing permit. John has developed multiple large master planned communities with $1 billion land and development budgets and he has rolled up his sleeves and jumped into the dirt with his crews to get a job done. Today, John is a successful real estate investor in Laguna Beach where one day he may be running a financial model for a new project and the next, hanging from a ladder with his carpenters installing a beam. John literally will do whatever it takes in business and whatever it takes for the 48th District.

With an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at USC, John knows the details, how to get people to agree, and how to fight through bureaucracy to take care of you and those you love.

 

A Builder and Small Business Owner

John worked his way through college as a project manager for a custom homebuilder in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania and as a Plan Examiner for a local County Building Department. In that work he found that he enjoyed helping families build their American dreams. After leaving the Marine Corps, John worked for a number of publicly traded homebuilders as a land acquisition, entitlement and development executive where he successfully bought, entitled or developed over 20,000 homes throughout the 48th District and California. He has negotiated land purchases with sophisticated large corporations and smart brothers and sisters managing their parent’s estate. John has navigated the labyrinth of housing regulations in California from CEQA environmental reports, and Subdivision Map Act requirements while leading vast teams of scientists, engineers, planners and lawyers. He has also experienced the every-day struggle of getting a simple plumbing permit. John has developed multiple large master planned communities with $1 billion land and development budgets and he has rolled up his sleeves and jumped into the dirt with his crews to get a job done. Today, John is a successful real estate investor in Laguna Beach where one day he may be running a financial model for a new project and the next, hanging from a ladder with his carpenters installing a beam. John literally will do whatever it takes in business and whatever it takes for the 48th District.

With an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at USC, John knows the details, how to get people to agree, and how to fight through bureaucracy to take care of you and those you love.

 

Dad and Husband

John is married to Renee Gabbard from Cypress, CA. She is a Truman Scholar and breast cancer survivor. John and Renee have two children, Katherine and John Jr.

John is a lifetime Republican, an Elder at Laguna Presbyterian Church in Laguna Beach and a member of the local VFW.