Director of Government Relations
John Huston is the Director of Government Relations at Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU). In this role, he works with the Senior Vice President of Government Relations on all association government relations activities. Before joining CECU, John served as the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, John advised the Assistant Secretary and other Department officials on postsecondary education policy issues, including on federal student aid programs, accreditation, regulatory reform, and Covid-19 relief.
Before joining the Department, John served as the Legislative Director for Congressman Luke Messer where he directed the Congressman’s higher education reform agenda and all other legislative operations. John also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor on the House Republican Policy Committee. During his time in Congress, John drafted, developed, and negotiated 29 pieces of legislation, including bills on income share agreements, taxation of scholarships, reverse transfers, and federal student loan disclosures. He also worked with the House Veterans Affairs Committee on legislation to restore GI Bill benefits to veterans who attended ITT Tech and Corinthian Colleges, which became law as part of the Forever GI Bill.
John received his B.S. in Economics and Political Science at Ball State University. He is currently pursuing a J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center as a part-time student. John and his wife, Lauren, live in Washington, D.C. with their son, Clark, and attend Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia.