A husband, father, Entrepreneur and successful businessman, John Sawyer, is a proud representation of the American Dream.
Born into a middle-class family, John never met his Dad, John II., until he and his twin brother, Tom, were two years old. Dad was fighting against the Japanese in Saipan in the Western Pacific, and came home in July 1944. While on leave, desperate Japanese suicide squads infiltrated Dad's artillery battery and killed or wounded 2/3 of his artillery company.
MY FIRST RESTAURANT THE TROUBADOUR
In 1967, John continued the Sawyer family military combat tradition dating to the Civil War when he volunteered for duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Upon serving his enlistment, John returned to college, then in 1968, John became a Social Worker with the State of Michigan. Working wit boys wo had been convicted of felonies who were set to Boys Training School in Lansing, Michigan.
After fighting in the Philippines and Okinawa, John Sawyer II was discharged in 1945, with two Bronze Stars and numerous campaign medals after almost 5 years in the Army
After graduation from high school, John Sawyer III went to work on the assembly line at Oldsmobile Division of General Motors and joined the United Auto Workers to pay for his collge eduction. During summer breaks, John worked as a youth recreation director for the City of Lansing.
In March 1965, after meeting and dating for ONE WEEK, John asked Reba White, a Michigan State University senior to marry him, and Reba, for some reason, accepted. They were wed in November and John received his draft notice in December.
John was separated from Reba for their 1st anniversary while in O.C.S, and 2nd anniversary while serving in Vietnam
NOW I ASK YOU - WOULD YOU HESITATE TO ASK THIS LADY TO MARRY YOU ? NEITHER WOULD JOHN
VUNG TAU, VIETNAM 1967
In July, 1969, John opened his first Bookstore, located on the West side of Lansing, Michigan, using $4,000 he and his wife had saved, and money and credit secured from loans.
In October, of 1969, John opened a 2nd bookstore in East Lansing, across from the Michigan State University campus.
In November, of 1969, John opened his 3rd store, next to the Western Michigan University campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Over the next 10 years,
John opened and opera-
ted 27 bookstores, Hall-
mark Card shops, and one
restaurant in Kalamazoo,
Grand Rapids, Lansing,
Indianapolis, Miami, and
(then) West Germany.
John sold his Bookstores and Hallmark Stores in 1980 - 1982, and moved to Key Largo. In 1986, John took minor parts in small-budget movies, and joined his third union - SAG.
In 1987, he closed his last store in Miami, and took a position as Vice President of a Fortune 500 Retailer, managing 46 of their stores at the St. Louis, Miami, and Charleston Airports, as well as several stores in major hotels in St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami, Miami Beach, and Orlando.
When the Company merged with Dobbs Houses, in 1987, and the stock market collapsed, the VP position was eliminated. Rather than waiting around for a similar position in a depressed economy, John managed a 7 -Eleven, Walgreens, and then a Jiffy Lube. To gain experience and knowledge of manufacturing, John became General Manager of a Manufacturing plant and a Construction Company in Miami, Florida.
In 1989, John was hired by the Federal Government to run 1990 U.S. Census in the critically sensitive Dade and Monroe Counties, Florida
Caught in the middle of Hurricane Andrew, John changed careers and sold windows, doors, and Hurricane Shutters in S.E, Florida - eventually opening his own Hurricane Shutter company specializing in new home construction, and retiring in 2011.
ABOUT JOHN SAWYER
A long-time Republican Conservative, John became involved in politics when he joined the campaign of his friend, civil-rights lawyer, Democrat, Zoltan Ferency, in his race for Governor of Michigan against long-time Republican incumbent, William Milliken. Ferency got crushed.
Two years later, John supported the failed candidacy of his brother's good friend, Democrat, Howard Wolpe in his bid for Congressman from Kalamazoo. After the loss, John suggested that Howard move to the Waverly Township, where Wolpe was unknown, but 35% of the District's population lived. Wolpe asked "where is Waverly Township?" John said, where I once lived and my first store (Waverley News) was located, on the West side of Lansing.
Not only did Wolpe campaign there, he took a teaching job in the Waverly School District, and moved there. In 1993, he retired as a 7-term Congressman to run unsuccessfully for Governor with current Senator Debby Stabenow as his running mate.
In 2012, John ran unsuccessfully for Lee County, Florida Commissioner as an NPA - but garnered 70,532 votes - a record in Lee County for a an NPA in any race.
The Campaign Chair for the Ted Cruz for President campaign in Charlotte County and a former member of the Charlotte County Republican Executive Committee, John felt that the Republican Party had lost touch with real people, and resigned his position on the Executive Committee to run for Congress against incumbent Tom Rooney.
Today's elected officials simply lack the life-skills to fix our problems - nor do they try. Getting re-elected is a full time job for our so-called leaders, and the modern politician barely has time to govern.
We are faced with crises concerning terrorism, jobs, public education, illegal immigration, race relations, and government spending and no one is doing anything about it. Iran is developing a nuclear bomb and the means to drop it on New York, Washington D.C., Sarasota, or Los Angeles, and neither the President nor Congress is doing anything to prevent it. John has a simple solution "KICK IRAN'S ASS." While we still can. Put one of our anti-missile ships off the coast of North Korea. Every time they test one of their Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles - or fire one off, we test our anti-missile, missiles. Practice makes perfect.
Illegal immigrants ? Send them all home. Jobs ? Eliminate all corporation income taxes - and manufacturers will fight each other to relocate their production plants (with high-paying blue collar jobs) to our shores once again. Welcome back, Middle Class !
Public Education ? Vouchers for everyone who wants one. Get the unions to allow higher pay for Science and Math teachers to lure them away from the private sector.
One year - no more aid for parents with children born out of wedlock. It worked in the 50's and it will work now - all are warned.
Workfare. As James Brown once recorded "You Don't Work, You Don't Eat." With the manufacturing jobs returning there is no excuse for three, four generations of families staying on welfare.
We need leaders with guts to fight for America. Tom Rooney caved to the Obama Budget, and co-sponsored H.R. 5275 - that mandates that our school children will share facilities with members of the opposite sex. - while at the same time - he gets war hero, Bill Akins fired from his job because Akins criticized his vote on the 2017 Obama Budget.
Congressman John Sawyer would be ashamed to assert any governmental authority over ANYONE who wants to assert his 1st Amendment right to free speech.
Congressman who receives more PAC Donations from Big Sugar than anyone else in the U.S. Congress, while sugar growers pollute Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee River and pile green algae in our canals, creates losses in tourism, and Game Fishing industries, and piles dead fish on our beaches.
Who fired War hero, Bill Akins, from the Punta Gorda Vietnam Wall board because Bill disagreed with Rooney's voting record,
REBA JULIE JOHN IV
WHO THINKS IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE YOUR SCHOOL AGE KIDS SHARE BATHROOMS AT SCHOOL
The Congressman who co-sponsored H.R. 5275 - To protect the authority of States and local governments to enact and enforce policies regarding the use of sex-segregated bathrooms and sex-segregated locker rooms of educational institutions on the basis of gender identity.