JOHN W. BRYANT
John Bryant earned his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He was licensed to practice law by the Texas Supreme Court in 1972.
He entered law practice and, while practicing law, served nine years in the Texas House of Representatives, serving on the Committees on Judicial Affairs, Criminal Justice, and Education. He was twice named one of the “Ten Best Legislators” by Texas Monthly Magazine.
In 1982 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served for fourteen years representing Dallas and ten North and Central Texas counties. He served on the Energy and Commerce Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Budget Committee.
He authored multiple pieces of legislation and was chief prosecutor in the impeachment trial of a federal judge before the U.S. Senate, achieving conviction and removal. He twice led delegations to Cuba, once to achieve the release of political prisoners, and served as a U.S. Helsinki observer of the first post-communist era elections in East Germany.
He was appointed by President Clinton as U.S. Ambassador in charge of U.S. telecommunications treaty negotiations in Geneva. This post took him throughout the world seeking agreements with other nations and international regional alliances.
Mr. Bryant speaks English and Spanish.
He is past chairman of the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas and is active in business and civic affairs.