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John Stewart Herrington (born May 31, 1939) is an Americanmarker Republican politician. He served as the Secretary of Energy of the United States under Ronald Reagan during his second term.

Herrington was born in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, and earned his A.B. at Stanford Universitymarker in 1961 and his J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1964. While attending Stanford Universitymarker he joined The Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He practiced law privately as an attorney from 1965-1981, primarily in San Francisco, and publicly as deputy district attorney of Ventura Countymarker. Herrington was assistant secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1983.

In the Reagan administration Herrington worked as deputy assistant for presidential personnel from 1983 until 1985, before serving as secretary of energy from 1985 to 1989.

After government service, Herrington was the Chairman of Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Inc. Herrington remains active in politics in California, serving for a time as chairman of the state's Republican Party. He currently owns Vic Stewart's, a nationally recognized steakhouse, with locations in Walnut Creek, CA, and Brentwood, CA (Contra Costa County). He also develops real estate, and acts as an advisor to numerous corporations.


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