Stanbery has spent his whole life working to support the Republican principles of less government, less taxes, and more freedom. As a toddler he worked the Bill Brock motorcades with his mother and father. Sen. Howard Baker appointed John to serve as a U.S. Senate page from 1977-78. While working in Washington D.C., he became the youngest Republican Head Floor page before returning to Bradley Central High School to serve as Company Commander in JROTC and graduate in 1980 as Senior Class President. He is a graduate of Cleveland State Community College and earned a finance degree with high honors from UT Knoxville.
Stanbery was the Bradley County Teenage Republican chairman and later the Young Republican chairman where he was active on the state level attending several YR National Conventions and Leadership Councils. He was subsequently elected Tennessee Young Republicans state vice chairman. He attended the 1984 Republican National Convention where he saw President Ronald Reagan nominated and he was a Bush delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention. John has served the local party as county treasurer and county chairman, and served as the 3rd Congressional District chairman representing 11 counties. He worked from a manager to a midnight sign runner for virtually every Republican candidate in the last 40 years. He was the state executive committeeman from 2006-10 where he helped guide the party to take control of the State House and Senate for the first time in 140 years. He currently serves on the State Party’s Finance Committee.
Stanbery’s wife is Lisa Stanbery. They have two children, Alexandra, a student at UTC, and Ian, who attends Walker Valley High School. The family attends Broad Street United Methodist Church where John has taught Sunday school and served on the property committee and the evangelism committee. The Bradley County Commission appointed John to the board of the Bradley Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for 15 years and he currently serves as board chairman. He is a member of the Cleveland Rotary Club and co-chairs the political forum committee. He is a proud Eagle Scout and has served as Ocoee District commissioner and board member of the Cherokee Area Council BSA. He is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation and holds a lifetime Sportsman license. He has made several presentations in recent years to civic groups defending gun owner’s rights and debunking gun control myths. Stanbery defends all things conservative as weekly co-host of Backfire on WOOP FM.
In announcing his candidacy Stanbery stated, “I have worked my entire life to not only support the Republican Party but to make sure that the party stays true to conservative principles. We need a Republican Party that actually believes in limited government, low taxation, personal responsibility and the Second Amendment; and has the backbone to take a stand and fight for those principles. I have never backed down from fighting for our conservative principles whether it was defending the sanctity of life, opposing a state income tax, publically debating against the wheel tax or asking the TWRA to give us back a hog hunting season. My opponent states that he works well with Republicans and Democrats. I am sorry but that is the direct opposite of what we should have in this office. We want someone who beats Democrats. So if you want a Republican Party that is just slightly less liberal than Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s party then don’t vote for me. However if you want someone who will fight for a Republican Party that stands for less government, less taxes and more freedom, then I ask that you vote for John S. Stanbery for state Republican executive committeeman.”