A native of Kansas City, Missouri, John received his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. During law school, John clerked for the Washington office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. John is a member of the bar in Missouri and Washington, D.C. He received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
Following his Doctorate, John served as Congressman Bart Gordon's (D-TN) Counsel and Associate Staff on the House Rules Committee from 1990 to 1996.
After his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, John joined Altria's Federal Government Affairs Department in 1996. For three years, he served as a Director in Altria's State Government Affairs department representing the interests of Philip Morris USA, Kraft Foods and Miller Brewing Company in 14 states. During his time with State Government Affairs, John also served as the lead liaison with the National Association of Attorneys General and the National Governors Association. He returned to Federal Government Affairs in 2003.
As the Director of Federal Government Affairs, John and his skilled team are responsible for all federal legislative and regulatory activity affecting Altria Group, Inc. and its operating companies (Philip Morris USA, John Middleton Cigar Company, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, LLC, Nu Mark, Chateau St., Michelle Wine Estates and Philip Morris Capital Corporation). The range of issues John manages includes corporate and excise taxes, product regulation and a variety of litigation related legislation. John is also responsible for managing outreach efforts to African-Americans, Hispanics, tobacco growers, and labor.
John has served on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute since 2008. He currently serves as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee. "John is a key leader in CHLI; one of the fundamental reasons for CHLI's success. He is both a visionary and problem solver. I am honored to be able to work with him," said CHLI Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
He recently hosted CHLI's Global Leaders Program Fellows to a meet and greet luncheon. During the gathering, John offered his insights, forged from his many years of experience formulating and implementing public policy. He stressed the importance of building and maintaining relationships - that it can only be done through integrity and mutual respect.
"It was a pleasure meeting with Mr. Hoel as he gave my colleagues and me useful tips, including how to network and plan for our future. Learning about his career and his passion for public service, helped us better understand the importance of choosing a job you love so you'll never have to work a day in your life," said 2014 CHLI Altria Fellow Nancy Talamantes. "I want to thank Altria and Mr. Hoel for his generous sponsorship and for giving me the opportunity to take advantage of CHLI's Global Leaders Internship and Fellowship Program. The program has afforded me valuable preparation, mentorship and guidance along my International Relations career track."
"Thank you John for your unwavering commitment to CHLI and our country's future global leaders. Special thanks for your words of encouragement to our fellows including the importance of respect, hard work, and to never consider any task beneath them," concluded Mary Ann Gomez, CHLI Executive Director.