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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 12

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John Dennis

Independent Businessman
19,883 votes (7.7%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reduce homelessness. Rather than rubber stamp federal aid to San Francisco, make City Hall prove they deserve the money.
  • Reduce federal spending, pay down federal debt
  • End foreign wars. Reduce the American military's overseas footprint



John Dennis was born in Jersey City, growing up in one of that town's toughest public housing projects.

His father was a longshoreman and mother a city hall clerk and Democrat Committeewoman. He put himself through Fordham University, where he was elected student body president.

John graduated in 1985 with a degree in business administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.

After college, John became the second employee and an eventual partner in Humanscale - one of the world's top 10 design firms, specializing in office furniture.

John worked in tech during the Dotcom era. He has been a real estate developer for 20 years.

John is currently the Chairman of the San Francisco Republican Party, where he has served since 2008. He has been a delegate to the CAGOP since 2010.

John has been a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) since 2010 where he has held various leadership positions. He currently serves as Vice Chairman on the National Board of the RLC.

He is endorsed by U.S. Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Tom McClintock and Congressman Thomas Massie. California Republican National Committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon is a supporter.

John, his wife Heather, and their daughter Devan live in their dog Augie’s house in the Pacific Heights neighborhood. John has been a San Francisco resident for nearly 30 years.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe individual liberty is the highest political value. Government's role is to protect your liberties. If government expands past it's defined role it always does so at the expense of freedoms.

Washington has expanded beyond its originally defined powers. We must roll back the loss of privacy, strengthen our civil liberties, free up American businesses and end foreign wars.

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