Entered Local Government: 1981 at age 24, elected as a Councillor for the West Ward making him the youngest sitting Councillor at that time. He became Deputy Mayor in 1982, and Mayor in 1984.
After 17 years as Mayor of the City of Bayswater, John was elected into state parliament as the Member for Ballajura in 2001.
Honorary Freeman: bestowed in December 1995, in recognition of his 17 consecutive years of service as a Councillor and Mayor.
The City of Bayswater has also named a park, the John D'Orazio Park, after him.