In 1972, Lumpkin was CPUSA candidate for University of Illinois Trustee and in 1976, he was nominated as a candidate for the Illinois CPUSA as an elector for the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates of the Communist Party USA, Gus Hall and Jarvis Tyner.
In 1979, he ran for Alderman in Chicago’s 7th Ward. Leading members of the “Committee to elect John R. Lumpkin” included Harold Washington, Carol Moseley Braun, Timuel Black, Quentin Young and Communist Party USA members Roberta Wood, Scott Marshall, Joe Kransdorf and his father Frank Lumpkin. Then in 1982, Lumpkin returned the favor to his powerful Chicago ally Harold Washington, signing an open letter to the voters of Chicago endorsing the mayoral candidacy of Harold Washington. Today, as well as his duties at Google, Lumpkin serves as the senior vice president and director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Care Group. The group is a major donor to the Brookings Institution. (more…)