John Ashcroft is a US politician who served as the Missouri Governor, US Senator, and also state attorney general before becoming the US attorney general under President George W. Bush’s administration. Owing to his USA Patriot Act support and conservative policies, he was considered to be one of the most powerful and influential members of the President’s cabinet. He is also the founder of The Ashcroft Group, a lobbying firm for Washington DC, and the author of several books related to moral and political issues.
Ashcroft was born to Robert and Grace in Chicago, after which the family moved to Missouri. His parents, and also his grandfather were religious people, and served the community in different ways.
After graduation, John started teaching business law at the Southwest Missouri State University. In 1972, he ran for the US House of Representatives, but lost. He then served as the state auditor for 1973 to 1975, and then elected as the state attorney general in 1976, where he served two consecutive terms.