John King graduated with the Class of 1942-A at Central High School where he was enrolled in the Commercial Course and participated in the Chorus. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and served during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he continued his education and received his BA degree from St. Anselm College and an MA from Boston University. In 1953, Mr. King began a thirteen year career in teaching and educational administration. He began his teaching career in Hooksett and also taught in Manchester where he later became a Principal. His career took a different turn, when, in 1966, he was appointed Director of the New Hampshire Probation Department where he served for 20 years and supervised offices in every county. During this tenure, he was a member of the New Hampshire Crime Commission and for eleven years was an evening instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at St. Anselm College. A third career began with his election to the NH House of Representatives in 1989. After one term, he was elected to the NH State Senate and served for five terms. In the Senate, he rose to the position of Democratic Leader and Vice President of the Senate. Senator King served on six Senate Committees and chaired the Committee on Executive Departments and Administration. His legislative priorities included state-municipal revenue sharing programs, local property tax relief, affordable health services, and provision of a quality education for all children.