2017 PLP Profile: John Butler


John F. Butler

Birthplace and/or where you grew up:

Reston, Virginia

Current Digs:

Norfolk, Virginia


Virginia Assistant Attorney General

Favorite part about the job:

I enjoy finding community solutions to address public safety.

Your first job ever:

Around age 10, I would pull my Red Flyer Wagon with a cooler full of sodas to sell to thirsty golfers.

Favorite Book:

(Political) Truman by David McCullough; (Non-Political) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Comfort Food:

My great aunt Betty Butler's spaghetti.

What’s playing in your car right now?

Jazz (Miles Davis/Bill Evans/John Coltrane)

Next journey?


Favorite Virginia destination?

Blue Ridge Parkway

First political memory?

Doug Wilder elected first African American governor of Virginia.

Best advice you ever got?

A calling is the place where your deeply felt gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.

If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why?

Elon Musk. To engage someone with an inspiring vision.

One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?

I rode a bike 320 miles (more than 30,000 feet of elevation gain) along the Blue Ridge Mountains from Fancy Gap to Front Royal.

Ambition, political or otherwise?

To take my education, training, and experience and maximize my contribution to the community. To be a man for others.

Favorite part about the PLP so far?

My classmates.

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Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017