Birthdate: May 2, 1941
Birth Place: Miami, FL, United States
Residence: Hume, VA
John Douglass was born in Miami and currently resides in Hume, Va. He received a bachelor's degree at the University of Florida, where he was in the Air Force ROTC program. He received a master's degree in industrial engineering at Texas Tech University and a master's in management science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
After joining the Air Force, his first posting was at Norton Air Force Base in California, where he was a production officer on the Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile.
Douglass served under President Ronald Reagan and was on the staff of the National Security Council as director of defense programs. Under President George H.W. Bush, he attained the rank of brigadier general in 1989. He was the highest-ranking U.S. military official for NATO, based in Brussels.
He retired from the Air Force in 1992 and served as a foreign policy and science and technology adviser to Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn. In 1995, President Bill Clinton appointed him as an assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisitions.
He was the president and chief executive officer of the Aerospace Industries Association from 1998 to 2007, heading the leading lobbying organization for aircraft manufacturers.
Douglass and his wife, Susan, have four children.
John Douglass, a retired Air Force general, is making his first bid for elected office. Douglass is considered a long shot in his bid to unseat freshman Republican Rep. Robert Hurt in Virginia's 5th Congressional District, which has changed hands and parties in each of the last two elections.
Douglass favors continued economic support of the public school system. If elected he would establish a local education council that "brings parents and teachers to the table with local community leaders who can help expand learning opportunities for more students," he says on his campaign website. He also wants to expand access to higher education with grant and loan programs that counter rising costs.
After the Supreme Court upheld the 2010 health care reform bill in June 2012, Douglass said in a statement, "If elected, I will work in Congress to continue improving the current law to help companies and people gain access to affordable, quality care."
A retired brigadier general who served in the administrations of three presidents, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, Douglass supports greater access to job training and local health care for members of the military who have completed their service and are returning to civilian life.
Douglass wants to protect Social Security and Medicare and opposes plans that opt for privatization and voucher programs.
Source: Associated Press