We can have success in
reducing crime and poverty.

One of John’s priorities as District Attorney has been to work with successful mentoring programs to help reduce crime and poverty by helping our youth get an education. 

The percentage of inmates who do not have a high school education is 60 to 70 percent, while those with a high school education is 20 percent.  The Teach 1 To Lead 1 effort is an example of the kind of program that helps our youth graduate from high school. 

Belton was born and raised in South Louisiana in Basile, in Evangeline Parish. After being told he could not play sports because he could not run with braces. His hard work and faith resulted in being named a high school football defensive All- State MVP.

John left Basile to attend McNeese State and play football. After graduating from McNeese State, he received his juris doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center. From 1999 to 2005, Belton served on the Southern University Board of Supervisors and was unanimously elected Board Chairman in 2001 and 2002.

The percentage of inmates who do not have a high school education is 60 to 70 percent, while those with a high school education is 20 percent.  The Teach 1 To Lead 1 effort is an example of the kind of program that helps our youth graduate from high school. 

In 1991, John and Alana moved to Ruston, Louisiana where he began his law enforcement career as an Assistant District Attorney. Then in 2014, Belton was elected District Attorney for the Third JD, Lincoln and Union parishes. And he was reelected without opposition in 2020.

Belton served as the past President of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and serves on the board of the National District Attorneys Association as Vice President.

John and Alana have holdings in real estate, restaurants, and legal services. This has given John successful administrative experience in both the public and private sectors. Copelands and WINGSTOP are just two examples of that success.

John has served as a member of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, the University Medical Center Management Corporation which serves as a key partner of LSU Health Science Center New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine and other academic institutions.

Belton serves on the Board of Directors of: Louisiana National Bank, the Lincoln Health System Foundation, the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, Life Choices of North Central Louisiana,Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana and Teach 1 To Lead 1.