Character Name: John-Henry Emerson III Home State: Pennsylvania
Previous Jobs: U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom & U.S. Congressman for Pennsylvania's 18th District Date of Birth: April 12th, 1957 (65)Race / Ethnicity: White/CaucasianReligion: Roman CatholicWealth: Upper ClassGender: MaleSexuality: HeterosexualAre you married?: YesHow many children do you have?: 8
John-Henry Emerson III (R-PA) United States Senator for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
John-Henry Emerson III was born in Philadelphia in the year 1957 to one of Pennsylvania's oldest families, who had profited greatly from the industrial might of the Commonwealth's coal and steel in the 19th century. Successive generations of Emersons had turned themselves to public service in the military, politics and the arts - it was to be no different for John-Henry.
He was sent to Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts, and from there just down the road to Harvard, graduating in 1977 with a major in History. Not knowing what he wanted to do in life, John-Henry then went to the Naval Academy at Annapolis and served in the U.S. Navy for six years - taking part in President Reagan's invasion of Grenada and retiring from the Navy with two purple hearts and the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
From there, luck dictated what John-Henry would do next. His father, John-Henry Emerson II unexpectedly died in a plane crash over Scranton whilst surveying the family steel operation there. John Henry Emerson III took over the family company in the midst of the 1980s decline in U.S. steel productivity and competitiveness, where cheap foreign goods undercut the United States and irreparably harmed the manufacturing base of the Rust Belt. It was through this prism and the ineffectiveness of political leadership from both parties to stop this that John-Henry's political involvement came about. In 1992, he supported Pat Buchanan in the GOP primary against President G.H.W. Bush, supporting Buchanan's economic nationalism and anti NAFTA stance - but got behind the Republican ticket with some misgivings in the General Election.
As a major donor to the Republican Party, President Bush appointed John-Henry Emerson as United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 2000 - where he served until 2003 when he returned to Pennsylvania to run for Congress in the Democrat-held 18th District after much persuasion from the Pennsylvania GOP. J.H. (as he is known to many people) won the District from the Democrats. In Congress, he sat as an avowed supporter of tariffs, withdrawal from NAFTA, and strong conservative social policies reinforced by his devout Roman Catholicism - which he converted to from the Episcopal Church when they introduced female Priests. His style of Republicanism can be characterised as that of strong robust foreign policy combined with an opposition to Neoliberalism and unfettered free markets, which garnered John-Henry the respect of the Pittsburgh Labor Unions, but which sometimes put him at odds with his own party.
Emerson was not an early supporter of Donald Trump, thinking that Trump's personal morality was dubious; despite obvious agreement with his stances on China and Trade. But when John-Henry's old friend Steve Bannon took over the running of the campaign, he was persuaded to get behind the candidate. The seismic effects of the Trump movement in changing the way that the GOP was going persuaded John-Henry to challenge Pat Toomey for the Republican nomination for the Pennsylvania Senate race in the same year of the Presidential election. He won the primary decisively and then went on to narrowly beat Kate McGinty to win the seat.
As a United States Senator, he has campaigned tirelessly for the Trump agenda of economic nationalism.