Mayor Pro Tem John Mark Jennings was elected to City Council on November 8, 2016 for a four-year term, and elected by the City Council in November 2017 to serve as Mayor Pro Tem.
John Mark currently serves as Council Liaison to the Investment, Banking and Audit Committee, the Parks and Recreation Commission, Sports Advisory Committee, and Youth Committee. He is also a member of the City’s Ad Hoc Committees for Economic Development, Bus Shelter Design, Laguna Niguel Roadway Monument Signage and City/Community Development Block Grants. Regionally, John Mark serves as a representative to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, a Trustee with the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control Board and is Laguna Niguel’s alternate to the Capistrano Unified School District, Southern California Association of Governments and Orange County Public Library Advisory Board.
John Mark holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School. He is in private practice serving as an attorney with a national law firm representing a wide range of businesses and individuals.
Born and raised in Denison, Texas where his family has lived for many generations, John Mark began his public service career in Washington, D.C. serving with the United States Department of Treasury and the United States Tax Court. Lured by the California sunshine, he moved to California in 1994. As a resident of Laguna Niguel since 1998, John Mark has been actively involved in the community including serving as the Vice Chair of the Laguna Niguel Planning Commission and President of the Council at Mission Lutheran Church. Jennings is married to Kelly Jennings who is a long-time community volunteer and an Ambassador for the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce. Jennings has two children who attend Aliso Niguel High School.