Previous Occupation: Prior to entering public service, Ashcroft taught business law at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. He co-authored two college textbooks with his wife, and recently authored "Lessons from a Father to His Son."
Previous Office: Served as the United States Senator from Missouri, 1994-2000. Served as Missouri's Governor for two terms.
Education: He attended public schools in Springfield, Missouri, and graduated with honors from Yale University in 1964. He met his wife, Janet, at the University of Chicago Law School where they each received law degrees in 1967
Birthdate: May 9, 1942
Spouse: John and Janet Ashcroft have three children, Martha Patterson, Jay, and Andrew; and one grandchild, James Robert "Jimmy" Patterson.
Interests: He is the baritone voice of the Singing Senators quartet with Senators Trent Lott, Larry Craig, and James Jeffords.
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