John came to San Antonio for basic training after enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1971. He was honorably discharged four years later and enrolled in the University of Texas at San Antonio, working his way through school with jobs at St Peter’s & St Joseph Children’s Home and the Bexar County MHMR. He earned a B.A. in American Studies at UTSA.
John became a Real Estate Salesman and later a Broker and was an active member of the San Antonio Board of Realtors. Because of his commitment to children and education John turned to a teaching career which he enjoyed for 25 years in San Antonio.
In 1980, John won election to the Alamo Community College District Board of Trustees in a hotly contested county-wide race. He quickly established a reputation as a fierce defender of access and accountability in our higher education system and helped create Palo Alto Community College to expand higher education opportunities to an part of the community that lacked them. John has served on the San Antonio Teachers' Council Board, been a delegate to the National Education Association's conventions for many years, testified before the Texas House of Representatives' Committee on Education and the State Board of Education on education legislation. He was appointed to the San Antonio Literacy Commission and was involved in the establishment of literacy centers across San Antonio in the 1990s.
A married father of four, John and his wife are active members of their community. He has served as a Boy Scout troop leader and a sponsor of the Reconciliation Episcopal Church Youth Group, as well as a volunteer coach for community soccer and baseball leagues. John enjoys himself and is a die-hard Spurs fan.
In John Courage, the voters of District 9 have the opportunity to re-elect a leader with deep roots in the community and a proven history of service. John is ready to continue his work for the residents of District 9 to ensure they have a true voice within our government