An American politician, John Boozman currently serves as the senator from Arkansas. He earlier used to work as an optometrist. John is a member of the Republican Party. He has a long political career, starting with the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002. His innings in U.S. Senate began in 2010 when he won the 2010 senate election in Arkansas. He defeated his nearest rival Blanche Lincoln of Democratic Party by a margin of more than 160k votes. John received 57.90% of the votes.
John won in 2016 as well, garnering an even higher percentage of vote share. He defeated his nearest rival Conner Eldridge of Democratic Party by a margin of more than 260k votes. John has indicated that he will contest the 2022 election also. Most poll analysis reports indicate that a Republican will win again from Arkansas in 2020. This creates a high probability of John making it as a senator from Arkansas for the third term.
Early life and education
John was born on December 10, 1950 to Marie E. and Fay Winford Boozman, Jr. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. This was the location where Boozman’s father was working with U.S. Air Force at that time. The family later shifted to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where Boozman was raised. His father’s last position in the Air Force was that of Master Sergeant. John completed his initial education from Northside High School.
Later, he joined University of Arkansas. He graduated as an optometrist from the Southern College of Optometry. He started his professional career soon after that by setting up Boozman-Hof Regional Eye Clinic in Rogers. John also did volunteer work by providing optometrist services to low-income families. He is married to Cathy Marley since 1972 and has three children.
John’s political journey began in 2002 when he was elected to Congress. It was a special election that took place after the resignation of Asa Hutchinson, his predecessor. Asa had resigned as he was chosen as the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
During his political career, John has held various positions such as Assistant Whip, member of Speaker’s Task Force for a Drug-Free America, member of House Policy Committee, member of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), and vice-chairman of the British American Parliamentary Group. John has also been a member of various House caucuses.
John has voiced his opinion on various matters of national and international interest. Some of these include border security, war against terrorism, job creation, repeal of Obamacare, simple tax code, and incentives for agriculture.
John has active interest in sports. In his youth, he used to play football for University of Arkansas Razorbacks. John is currently actively involved in various public service projects.