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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 48

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John Gabbard

Small Business Owner
5,664 votes (3.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Strong National Defense
  • Strong National Security
  • Economic Policies that help all Americans



Profession:Small Business Owner - Residential Development
Owner, Miramar Properties (2016–current)
Major, United States Marine Corps — Appointed position (1988–2005)


University of Southern California Masters in Business Administration, Business (2013)
Wilmington College BA - Magna Cum Laude, Behavioral Science (1992)

Community Activities

Elder, Laguna Presbyterian Church (2011–current)
Commander, Veterans of Foreign War Post 5868 (2018–current)



John Gabbard lives in the 48th Congressional District and needs your vote to become your Congressman. John was born in Kokomo, Ind., and has been blessed to live the American Dream in the 48th. He is the son of Eugene, a factory supervisor and Vietnam/Desert Storm Marine who served for 34 years, and Susan, a nurse who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1994.  Growing up in the Midwest, John was raised on the importance of faith, hard work, family and helping your neighbor.  


John enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve while attending Wilmington College in Delaware. He rose through the ranks, quickly being meritoriously promoted to Private First Class, Corporal and Sergeant. Upon graduation with a Bachelors degree, Magna Cum Laude, John was commissioned as an officer in the Marines. John served with some of the finest young men and women in the country as an Engineer Platoon and Company Commander, and a Battalion Operations Officer. 


During his service, the Marine Corps asked John to travel to many of the worlds remote and hostile locations in service of our country, 19 countries in all. John led the Evacuation Control Center in the Central African Republic, where he took part in rescuing 448 Americans and third-country nationals during a military coup and assisted in the evacuation of Americans in Monrovia, Liberia. John has completed engineering reconnaissance missions in Bosnia and Djibouti, served as an Operations Officer in Kuwait and Japan, and trained with military forces from England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, Australia and New Zealand. John was also the author of several manuals on Marine Corps and Joint Forces engineering operations and amphibious breaching operations. John left the Marine Corps in 2005 as a Major with numerous personal and service decorations. 


John has witnessed first-hand the horrors of war, oppression, desperate poverty and violence waged on people by corrupt and self-serving governments. John has also seen the great respect people of other nations have for the United States, the respect that we have for other nations and the power of listening and compassion.             


John worked his way through college as a project manager for a custom homebuilder in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In that work he found that he enjoyed helping families build their American dreams. After leaving the Marine Corps, John worked for a number of publicly traded homebuilders as a land acquisition, entitlement and development executive where he successfully bought, entitled or developed over 20,000 homes throughout the 48th District and California. He has negotiated land purchases with sophisticated large corporations and smart brothers and sisters managing their parents estate. John has navigated the labyrinth of housing regulations in California from CEQA environmental reports, and Subdivision Map Act requirements while leading vast teams of scientists, engineers, planners and lawyers. He has also experienced the every-day struggle of getting a simple plumbing permit. John has developed multiple large master planned communities with $1 billion development budgets and he has rolled up his sleeves and jumped into the dirt with his crews to get a job done. 


Today, John is a successful real estate investor in Laguna Beach where one day he may be running Monte Carlo simulations for a new project and the next, hanging from a ladder with his carpenters installing a beam. John literally will do whatever it takes in business and whatever it takes for the 48th District.


With an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at USC, John is a real deal maker and red tape breaker, not a posturing position taker. He knows the details, how to get people to agree, and how to fight through bureaucracy to take care of you and those you love. 


John is married to Renee Gabbard from Cypress, CA. She is a Truman Scholar and breast cancer survivor. John and Renee have two grown children, Katherine and John Jr.


John is a lifetime Republican, an Elder at Laguna Presbyterian Church in Laguna Beach and a member of the local VFW.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $55,786

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

John Gabbard
Employees of Miramar Properties
Employees of Capital Source
Employees of Elite Financial Grp. Llc
Employees of Bryan Cave LLP

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.74%
Pennsylvania 1.93%
Texas 1.93%
Arizona 0.96%
Washington 0.96%
Other 0.48%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.05%)
Small contributions (1.95%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

California’s 48th Congressional District is exceptional; our people and our land are exceptional and we deserve exceptional leadership. I am running because I will be a leader in Congress who has the moral courage to say “this isn’t right” and fix it! I am running because you need new energy in Congress with someone who has experienced the sacrifice of public service as I have. I am running to fight for a small functioning federal government of, by and for the people. I am running to recognize the good in all of us with my solemn duty to ensure our families, friends, communities and country can continue to thrive and achieve the American Dream.

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