John Foust has represented the Dranesville District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 2008. John lives in McLean and is married to Dr. Marilyn Jerome. They have two sons, Matthew, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and Patrick, a graduate of Georgetown University.
John was raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He started working on a Christmas tree farm when he was 12 years old. In late fall and early winter, he would meet the owner before sunrise and drag and load trees on trucks for 8 hours a day. John was the first member of his family to go to college. He put himself through school by working each summer as a laborer in the steel mills and on the railroad. After earning an undergraduate degree in Economics, John went on to earn MBA and law degrees while working full time during the day and attending classes at night.
After moving to Northern Virginia, John became a community leader and was active in several civic associations and County advisory boards. An example of John’s advocacy on behalf of his community is the fight he led against a major cell phone company that was illegally constructing cell towers on public land. After the company began cutting down trees to build a tower at the entrance to his neighborhood, a member of John’s homeowners association asked for his help. John led a six year battle that proved the cell company was illegally constructing towers across the state of Virginia without public hearings or local zoning approvals. John’s efforts ultimately resulted in a major victory for citizen input to land use decisions involving commercial development on public property.
Since his election to the Board of Supervisors, John has brought his commitment to hard work, advocacy for his community and common sense problem solving leadership to the role of serving families and businesses in the Dranesville District and Fairfax County. He serves as Chairman of the Board’s Transportation and Information Technology Committees, Vice-chairman of the Board’s Budget Committee and Chairman of the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission, among other county and regional positions.
Through the severe economic set back caused by the Great Recession and the on-going challenges to the local economy caused by cuts in federal spending, John rolled up his sleeves and made government do more with less. Working with the community and other Board members, he helped balance twelve budgets, including closing a $650 million projected deficit one year, while continuing to fund essential County services.
John’s many accomplishments as the Dranesville Supervisor include: expanding full day kindergarten to the entire county; transferring funding to the schools for significant teacher pay increases; obtaining funding to widen Route 7 from Tysons to Reston; obtaining funding for and constructing numerous road, pedestrian and other capital improvements including 3 new fire stations and 2 renovated and expanded libraries; dramatically improving the County’s efforts to address climate change; completing several stream and stormwater improvement projects; providing soundwalls and other capital projects to protect and enhance established neighborhoods; delivering a new senior center and 82 units of affordable housing for seniors at Lewinsville Center; and, improving and expanding park and recreational facilities, including a major expansion of the Spring Hill Rec Center and 16 synthetic turf fields throughout his district.