Rep. Rubin to chair House panel
TOPEKA | Rep. John Rubin of Shawnee will lead the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee when the Legislature reconvenes Jan. 14.
The appointment was announced recently by House Speaker-elect Ray Merrick of Stilwell. Rep. Rubin will also serve on the House Judiciary Committee as well as the Pensions and Benefits Committee and the Rules and Journals Committee. There are 125 members of the Kansas House of Representatives.
Rep. Rubin took the oath of office Monday Jan. 14 as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. He represents Johnson County's 18th House District. John lives in Shawnee. (Photo by Jim Sullinger)
Meet John Rubin
As an attorney, former Federal judge and FDIC Regional Counsel, and financial arbitrator, John Rubin brings a wealth of legal and economic experience and common sense to his second campaign for the 18th Kansas House District.
As a first time candidate fighting a strong Democratic tide in 2008, he almost won the 18th District seat, eventually losing to the liberal three-term Democrat incumbent by a margin of only 4.5%. With the experience and voter name recognition he gained in that race, and his platform of personal liberty and entrepreneurship, lower taxes, limited government and reduced state spending and regulation to spur economic development, create new jobs for Kansans, and increase revenues, he regained this seat for the Republican Party and common sense fiscal and social principles in 2010.
John was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and has lived most of his life in Overland Park and Shawnee. John is a Rockhurst High School graduate, earned a B.A. in political science magna cum laude from Boston College in 1970 and a J.D. degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1973. He culminated an extremely distinguished and successful legal career with the Federal Government by serving for ten years as a Social Security Administrative Law Judge, a position from which he retired in 2004.
John's career in public service began in the military, a three year active duty tour as a JAG Corps officer with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. His primary duties were as trial (prosecuting) and defense counsel in dozens of courts martial. From there, he worked in a civilian capacity as an attorney-advisor specializing in contract and procurement law for the Kansas City District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His success there led to his promotion to a position as a labor lawyer and senior litigator for the Kansas City Region of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, where he investigated and litigated hundreds of unfair labor practice and labor representation cases throughout the Midwest.
From the FLRA, John was chosen from among 78 applicants to serve as Assistant Regional Counsel at the Kansas City Regional Office of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and attorney-advisor at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. He qualified for this position by completing a physically rigorous and mentally challenging self-defense, weapons firing range, and classroom training course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, graduating first in the class and voted class valedictorian by his peers. His duties at the Bureau included defending Bureau employees, especially corrections officers, and the Bureau itself in civil rights, tort claims and other litigation filed primarily by inmates.
From correctional law, John next rose to a position as a banking law specialist and a senior litigator for the Kansas City Region of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. There he prosecuted financial institutions and their officers who engaged in unsafe or unsound banking practices or violations of banking laws and regulations in seven Midwestern states. His superior accomplishments there resulted in his appointment as the Regional Counsel of the FDIC's Atlanta Regional Office, where he headed a large legal staff with responsibility for legal compliance and enforcement supervision of all FDIC-insured banks in the southeastern U.S. At the FDIC, John gained extensive experience and expertise in dealing with the very economic and financial industry problems now facing our state and nation. He addressed and corrected unsafe and unsound lending practices resulting in non-creditworthy (subprime) loans; worked out and recovered on troubled (TARP) assets; and pursued administrative or criminal prosecution of those who violated financial industry laws and regulations for personal gain.
Based on his long record of exemplary Federal service, in October 1994 John was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services as a United States Administrative Law Judge, and he served in that capacity with the Social Security Administration in Kansas City for ten years until his retirement. He presided at administrative hearings and issued final written decisions in some 3000 Social Security disability, retirement, Medicare, and related cases. In 2001-2002, Judge Rubin also served as Regional Vice-President of the Association of Administrative Law Judges, the union which represents Social Security ALJs.
Since his retirement from the Federal bench in 2004, Judge Rubin has worked an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers), adjudicating complaints filed against securities industry brokers/dealers by their customers or employees. He also has been active in community service, volunteering his time and talents as an actor in numerous community theatre productions presented in venues ranging from Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park, Leawood Stage, Longview Community College, The Barn Players, and the Olathe Community Theatre, to Senior Barn Players shows presented to civic and church groups, and to shut-ins in retirement communities and nursing homes who otherwise would be unable to experience artistic presentations.
John is a member of the Missouri, Kansas and Federal Bars and the American Legion. He is past president of the Woodland Place Homes Association. He attends St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shawnee. He has been married 40 years to the former Roberta Torin, MSW, of St. Louis, Missouri. They have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.