Campaign links: John Bustamante (D-TX-23)
John Marcus Bustamante
John Bustamante Congressional Candidate Texas District 23
Biography of John Bustamante from Bustamante for Congress
John was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1976. He was raised in San Antonio until 1985, when his family moved to Washington, D.C. to join his father who was serving in the United States House of Representatives for Texas’ 23rd district.
In 1991 after years as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, John earned the rank of Eagle Scout awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. Later that year, the family returned to San Antonio and John later graduated from Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio. In 1994, he began his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences with a focus on Neuroscience and Neuropharmacology. In addition to these areas of study, John took advantage of the facilities at MIT to take coursework at the Media Lab and to work in the Clinical Research Center, researching clinical applications of serotonin and melatonin.
While in college, John was a varsity athlete, played in MIT’s concert jazz band and concert band, was elected President of his fraternity, and served as Chairman of a special committee devoted to risk management, following the death of a student in another fraternity.
Following his graduation from MIT with a bachelor of science, John continued his studies and research at the University of Texas at San Antonio, taking courses in Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry and researching the use of certain chemicals to increase long term potentiation in the brain. After a year in the laboratory, John enrolled in the University of Texas School of Law. He served as a staff member of The Review of Litigation and, in his final year of law school, served as Managing Editor of The Review.
In 2000, John was elected by members of the 25th State Senatorial District to be among those who represented the district at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
Following his graduation from law school, John began his professional legal career as an Associate with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich’s Austin office. While at Gray Cary, John worked primarily on patent litigation and other intellectual property-related complex litigations. In 2005, when Fish & Richardson opened an Austin office, John joined that firm and worked there until 2009. During his time at Fish & Richardson, John worked on a number of patent litigation cases for Fortune 100 companies, including four litigations before United States District Courts and two investigations before the United States International Trade Commission. Additionally, John worked pro bono on a program for Veterans seeking to appeal their denial of benefits to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Since leaving Fish & Richardson, John has started his own firm, Bustamante PC, practicing in San Antonio and Austin. Although John has continued to work on some patent litigation matters, he has also represented a range of clients, including indigent defendants in criminal matters, parents and children in cases and suits involving the parent-child relationship, and small businesses in disputes with other businesses.
His range of experience in scientific research, technology, and the legal system make John uniquely suited to serve the diverse 23rd district of Texas with energy and intelligence.