John Beard resides in Pleasant Township with his wife, RoJene, who is a teacher in Decorah schools; and his 15-year-old son, Chance, who attends Decorah High School. John’s brother, Daniel, is a full-time organic dairy/beef producer, and his family lives on an adjoining farm. His sister, Barbara Kraus, is a veterinarian and produce farmer, and her family also lives close by.
John has lived in many places across the United States, graduating from Kent School in Kent, Conn., and attending college at the University of Miami in Florida and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. He worked on a green turtle farm on Grand Cayman Island, worked as a part-time farrier and built water towers nationwide. For the last 27 years, John has operated J.W. Beard Welding and Machine in Decorah. He is also a partner in the family beef operation, on a farm that has been in the family for more than 150 years.
John ran for state Senate in 2004. He is an optimist who likes to fix things. He tries to live by the credo “If you give, you get,” which was taught to him by his Grandma Barrett.
John helped start a Pheasants Forever chapter over 20 years ago. He is proud that the chapter has consistently achieved high national rankings in money raised and habitat developed. The Trout Unlimited chapter that John helped create and the County Conservation Board he serves on also contribute to improving the quality of life in the community.
John believes that his life experiences as a business owner, beef producer, conservationist and civic leader allow a depth of understanding and demonstrate a commitment to community. He intends to earn the job of state representative though hard work and careful listening.