John Szoka graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served in a variety of command and staff positions, retiring from active duty at Fort Bragg as a Lieutenant Colonel after 20 years of service. While in the Army, he earned his master’s degree in operations research from the University of Texas at Austin. Since his retirement from the Army, he has owned several successful small businesses and holds two US Patents.
John became an advocate for clean energy during his ten years of service from 2013 to 2022 in the North Carolina House of Representatives where he served as the House Republican Conference Leader; Senior Chairman of the Finance Committee; Chairman of the Energy and Public Utilities Committee; and Chairman of the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy. During his legislative career he sponsored and passed major pieces of legislation that modernized North Carolina’s energy policy to take full advantage of the benefits of low-cost clean energy solutions that protect ratepayers.
John is currently the CEO of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN). CEN is a national network of state-based organizations focused on educating elected officials and opinion leaders about public policies that promote cleaner, lowest cost and efficient energy production and usage, based on conservative values.