John Thomas Shepherd of El Dorado, Arkansas, was appointed Prosecuting Attorney for the 13th Judicial District on September 12, 2017, by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Shepherd replaces David F. Butler of Magnolia, Arkansas, who passed away suddenly on August 13, 2017. The 13th Judicial District encompasses six counties in south Arkansas: Calhoun, Cleveland, Columbia, Dallas, Ouachita, and Union. Shepherd previously served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Union County where he prosecuted all manner of felony cases. Shepherd is also a partner at the law firm of Shepherd & Shepherd, P.A., located in El Dorado.

A native of El Dorado, Shepherd received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he played quarterback for the Owls football team. Shepherd returned home to Arkansas to receive a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law where he served as Managing Editor of the Arkansas Law Review.

Active professionally and in his community, he currently serves as President of the Union County Bar Association and as a Commissioner on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Shepherd lives in El Dorado with his wife, Molly Magee Shepherd, who is also an attorney and practices at PPGMR Law, PLLC.