Chris John, President
Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association
Chris John was named President of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association in August, 2007. Immediately prior to joining Mid-Continent, Chris was Managing Director of Ogilvy Government Relations in Washington, D.C., representing the firm’s clients in matters dealing primarily with energy legislation in Congress.
Chris is a Louisiana native and former Congressman, representing southwestern Louisiana, the 7th Congressional District, from 1997 to 2005 in the United States House of Representatives. While in Congress, he served on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. A conservative Democrat, he is also a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, serving from 1987 to 1995, where his committee assignments included the House Natural Resources Committee.
Chris was born in Crowley, Louisiana, one of six children. His father, John N. John, Jr., served in the Louisiana House of Representatives, and his grandfather established the family’s business, John N. John Truck Line, in 1925.
Chris graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He is married to Payton Smith of Leesville, Louisiana, and they are the parents of twin boys.
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