John Ashcroft has led Americans for over thirty years in the public and private service. He served as the governor of Missouri from 1984 to 1992, then served as a United States Senator from 1994 to 1998. In 2000, President George W. Bush appointed Ashcroft as the 79th United States Attorney General.
As Attorney General, Mr. Ashcroft led the U.S. Department of Justice through the transformational period after the September 11, 2001 attacks, reorganizing the Department to focus on its number one priority: preventing terrorism. The tough antiterrorism campaign he directed helped keep America safe throughout his tenure and resulted in the dismantling of terrorist cells across America and the disruption of over 150 terrorist plots worldwide.
In 2005, Ashcroft established The Ashcroft Group, LLC, to help domestic and international corporations apply the leadership principles, sound judgment, and high goals he embraced during his over three decades of public service to the business world.
John Ashcroft is the son of Assemblies of God minister J. Robert Ashcroft, who served as president of four Assemblies of God colleges, including Evangel, CBC, Valley Forge, and Berean.
John Ashcroft was raised in Springfield, Missouri, received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago.