Meet John

John Clark has been a Kingsport and Northeast Tennessee resident for 25 years. Born in Havana, Cuba, he immigrated to the United States at age two with his parents and two brothers, fleeing communism in favor of the freedoms and opportunities that America offered. John was raised in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, where he and his family proudly became American citizens in 1970 while John was in seventh grade. He considers the day he became a U.S. citizen one of the best days of his life.

John first came to Northeast Tennessee to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he became a dedicated Vol for life, met his future wife Etta Ryan, and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1980.

His Service

In 2013, John was elected to the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen. In 2015, he was elected as mayor of the city of Kingsport and in 2017, he was re-elected for a second term.

During his time as mayor and as alderman, John represented conservative Republican values. He improved the quality of life for all Kingsport residents and ensured a prosperous future for the city and region he loves and calls home. John’s primary achievements as mayor included working with city partners to help achieve excellence in education, workforce development, jobs, health and wellness, housing, and infrastructure — all while maintaining Kingsport as having the lowest cost of living in the Tri-Cities.

During John’s service as mayor, Kingsport grew to 54,000 residents, brought “big-city” opportunities to its citizens, and maintained its small-town feel and community values. While he was mayor, John served on numerous local, regional, and state boards dedicated to growth and prosperity for the Tri-Cities and Tennessee.

John’s statewide service included the Tennessee Municipal League Board, the Labor and Workforce Development Board, and Leadership TN (Class VI).

His Family

John and his wife of 36 years, Etta, raised both their daughters, Alex and Haley, in Kingsport where they attended Kingsport City Schools.

Coming from a strong Christian upbringing, John and Etta believe in the power of faith and attend Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport.

John and Etta have made joint contributions to church ministries, United Way programs, and nonprofit organizations serving those members of the community who are in need. They are also avid supporters of the Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band.

In his spare time, John enjoys biking on the Kingsport Greenbelt, hiking the many breathtaking trails throughout Northeast Tennessee, and water sports on our region’s beautiful lakes and rivers. Traveling, reading, and discovering new adventures with his wonderful family are also among his favorite things to do.

John considers public service an honor and privilege. He would be humbled to serve as congressman to the residents and businesses of the 1st District.