John Brunner, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate

Brunner is one of eight candidates seeking the GOP nomination to face Claire McCaskill.

General information

Name : Mr. John G. Brunner
Date of birth : 08 December 1951
Place of residence : Frontenac



Attended college : Yes
College : Harding College
Degree : Bachelor's
Year of graduation : 1973

Grad school

University : Washington University in St. Louis
Degree : MBA
Year of graduation :

Military service

Has served in the military: Yes
Rank : Marine Infantry Officer
Date when discharged from duty : 01 January 1970

Employment Information

Job titles held : President and CEO
Employers : Vi-Jon Laboratories

Political information

Party affiliation : Republican
Running for a: Federal office
Running for position: United States Senate
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address 12637 Olive Blvd
St. Louis

Campaign Manager

Name : Jon Seaton
Title : Campaign Manager


Website : www.johnbrunner.com
Facebook : @BrunnerForMO
Twitter : www.facebook.com/BrunnerForMO
Youtube : http://www.youtube.com/user/BrunnerForMO?feature=guide

Other facts

John G. Brunner is the third generation of the Brunner family to lead Vi-Jon, a private-label personal care products manufacturing company founded in 1908 by his grandparents, Viola and John B. Brunner. At his company, John applied his principles of hard work, personal responsibility, and fiscal discipline to grow a small manufacturing operation into a company with national distribution, serving nearly every major retailer in the United States. Starting from the ground up, John has worked in virtually every aspect of the company’s operations, from operating forklifts, loading trailers, repairing production lines, mixing millions of gallons of raw materials, and traveling the country selling Vi-Jon's products, eventually rising to the rank of CEO, where he served until 2009. Today, the company manufactures over 6,000 different products, including Germ-X hand sanitizer, employing an "Associates-first" philosophy that emphasizes team spirit. John's passion for team-building is drawn in part from his service as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. Volunteering for duty upon graduation from college, John completed his service as a Captain. He was a Platoon Commander, Executive Officer, and Adjutant. His military experience included joint operations with many of the NATO allies with deployments to the North Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Mediterranean, as part of the armed forces "Contingency Reaction Force".The principles of leadership John learned in the Marine Corps were incorporated extensively into his manufacturing company. Over the years, he has expressed his devotion to the military through construction of the Wall of Honor at Vi-Jon, which individually recognizes every associate in the company who has served in the United States Armed Forces. In addition to his years of manufacturing and leadership experience, John has served extensively in charitable and community activities. His focus has been on helping and mentoring teenagers; with a special emphasis on education, rehabilitation, and leadership development. Additionally, he has served as a member of the board of deacons at his church, and has aided world-wide mission and relief organizations. John Brunner completed his undergraduate work at Harding University and received his MBA at the John M. Olin School of Business Administration at Washington University in St. Louis. His life-long passion in the study of economics began in the early 1970's under the instruction of Leonard E. Read at the Foundation of Economic Education in New York. John's commitment to conservative causes began in the presidential campaign of 1964, on the ground level, as a young precinct worker. For over 40 years since, he has continued to support conservative candidates and causes. He's looking forward to the opportunity to continue his service as Missouri's next U.S. Senator in 2012. John and his wife, Jan, have been married for 35 years. Together, they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

Zoe Soto-Gilbert August 04, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Keep up the good work Mr Brunner, our family is behind you and we wish you the best of luck! You'll make a great Senator. We are looking forward to having a good Republican representing us!!! Buena Suerte.
Jim Frain August 04, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I have rarely seen a resume quite this impressive. We need more quality people on both sides of the aisle running for office so that theRepublican and Democrat parties can work together for the good of our country without fighting each other for the good of their individual parties.


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