John McComish, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, graduated from Colgate University in 1965. He spent the next 24 years climbing the corporate ladder with several Fortune 500 companies. McComish was named National Sales Manager with Johnson & Johnson at the age of 35.
In 1989, he decided to leave the corporate world, moving to Arizona and opening a bookstore. After 7 successful years as a small business owner, he closed the door of the bookstore and took over as President of the fledgling Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of commerce in 1996. From that time until his retirement at the end of 2006, the Chamber grew from 64 members to over 650. In addition to his Chamber responsibilities, McComish served on the City of Phoenix Planning Commission and has been Chair of the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee.
John McComish and Karen, his wife of 50 years, live in Ahwatukee where she is a retired teacher in the Kyrene School District. They have 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren.
Judge McComish previously served in the House of Representatives for three terms, where he was elected Majority Whip and then Majority Leader. He served in the Senate from 2011-2014 where he was elected Senate Majority Leader. Mr. McComish is the only Arizona legislator to serve as Majority Leader in both the House and Senate.
As a legislator, McComish received many awards, among them are: The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Sentinel Award, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award, the Board of Regents Champion of Higher Education, Arizona Business and Education Coalition Champion, Polly Rosenbaum Legislator of the Year, and Champion of the Arts.
In January of 2014, Judge McComish announced he was retiring from the Senate and would not seek re-election. He opted instead to run for Justice of the Peace in the Kyrene Justice Court and was elected in November of 2014 where he currently serves.