John Kingston is running for the United States Senate because he believes in a strong and prosperous — and most of all — united America, with freedom and liberty and dignity for all.
John grew up in a working-class family in rural Connecticut, the oldest of three sons of Jayne and Jack Kingston. His father was born in Watertown, MA, and served his country in the U.S. Army in the Korean conflict. Returning home, Jack married Jayne and began a career as a school teacher. They raised John and his brothers in a life centered on faith and family, and in a community that celebrated the American spirit of hard work and respect for all.
John’s early years centered on sports, especially baseball and basketball. He also enjoyed music, learning, and an unusual inclination to see things from a wide range of perspectives. John attended the University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics. While at Penn, John sought to break down barriers and immerse himself in diverse and unfamiliar college cultures, becoming the first white student to join the gospel choir and to pledge the local chapter of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. But his most important achievement at college was meeting his future wife, Jean, a daughter of Chinese immigrants.
At Harvard Law School, John taught and clerked with the some of the most renowned figures in the intellectual world, both as a Teaching Fellow for Robert Coles’ class “Literature of Social Reflection” (where he taught Harvard undergraduates about social justice), and as a clerk for the esteemed Third Circuit judge, A. Leon Higginbotham.
At Penn and Harvard, John helped found four organizations where he demonstrated his lifelong commitment to finding solutions to social problems and needs — drawing people together in new groups across the lines of race, ethnicity, and faith.
John’s grandfather and father were born and raised in Everett and Watertown (Boston sports fans from birth!) and those deep family ties helped draw John and Jean to stay and raise their children in Massachusetts. As John’s career in law and business grew, so did the Kingston family, and they were blessed with four children (now ages 15, 18, 22 and 24).
John and Jean felt it was important to instill in their children a devotion to giving and service. They initiated SixSeeds, which became an organization designed to advance virtue in families by working together to help people in need. They made numerous trips to Mexico, alongside other families, to serve a school set in a squatter community on the hillsides of Tijuana, where they taught classes, secured supplies, and helped to renovate the school. SixSeeds also led a community effort to send care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan, and backpacks full of supplies to kids without basic materials to start their school year. In Boston, the Kingstons supported churches such as Bethel AME and Roxbury Presbyterian Church and their social justice initiatives, and helped foster and facilitate partnerships linking urban and suburban communities and churches.
In 2015, John finished his 16-year career at AMG, a public company valued at more than $10 billion that manages more than $700 billion in assets. He then turned his focus to establishing Sword & Spoon Group, a mix of non-profit and for-profit initiatives that focuses on strengthening all facets of civic life — in public policy, education, arts, and service.