John Runk ( born July 3, 1791 in Milltown, Hunterdon County, New Jersey; † September 22, 1872 in Lambertville, New Jersey ) was an American politician. From 1845 to 1847 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.
John Runk attended the public schools of his home and then headed in the Milltown mills and the store of his father. At the same time he began a political career. Between 1825 and 1833 he sat in the County Council of Hunterdon County. He was 1836-1838 as High Sheriff and Chief of Police. Politically, Runk member of the Whig party. In the congressional elections of 1844 he was in the third electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Isaac G. Farlee on March 4, 1845. Since he has not been confirmed in 1846, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1847. This was marked by the events of the Mexican-American War.
In 1850, John Runk ran for the governorship of New Jersey, but was defeated by Democrat George Franklin Fort with 46:54 percent of the vote. In 1854 he moved to Lambertville, where he recorded his previous activities in the mill business and trade again. Politically, he is no more have appeared. He died on 22 September 1872 in Lambertville.