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Bill Johnson (Ohio politician)

William Leslie Johnson (born November 10, 1954) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 6th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.[1]

Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Charlie Wilson
Personal details
Born (1954-11-10) November 10, 1954 (age 63)
Roseboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Wanda Porter (Divorced)
LeeAnn Johnson
Children 4
Education Troy University (BS)
Georgia Institute of Technology (MS)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1973–1999
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Awards Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal

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Early life, education, and business careerEdit

Born in Roseboro, North Carolina in 1954, he grew up on family farms. He entered the United States Air Force in 1973, and married Wanda Florence Porter on April 30, 1975. They had 3 children. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a military career of more than 26 years. He graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in Troy, Alabama in 1979, and he earned his Master’s Degree from Georgia Tech in 1984. During his tenure in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Squadron Officers School, and Air Command & Staff College.

He is a recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. As Director of the Air Force's Chief Information Officer Staff at U.S. Special Operations Command, he worked directly with senior congressional and Secretary of Defense representatives, as well as top leaders within the various U.S. intelligence communities, to ensure America’s Special Operations forces were adequately equipped to carry out critical national security missions.[1]

He co-founded Johnson-Schley Management Group, an information technology (IT) consulting company that increased revenues by more than 200% in just three years under his leadership. In 2003, he left the company to form J2 Business Solutions, where he provided executive level IT support as a defense contractor to the U.S. military. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Chief Information Officer of a global manufacturer of highly electronic components for the transportation industry.[1]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

ElectionsEdit

2010Edit

In May 2010, Johnson defeated two primary opponents to earn the Republican nomination.[2] In the general election, Johnson won his bid by a 50–45%[3] margin against incumbent Charlie Wilson. He began his term in the 112th United States Congress on January 3, 2011.

2012Edit

In November 2011, Wilson filed a rematch in the newly redrawn 6th District, which had been made slightly friendlier to Republicans in redistricting.[4] Johnson defeated Wilson again in a heavily contested race 53% to 47%, and began his second term in January 2013.[citation needed]

2014Edit

In 2014, Johnson faced off against heavily-recruited Democrat Jennifer Garrison, a former State Representative and lawyer from Marietta, Ohio.[5] Johnson defeated Garrison handily 58% to 39% with Green Party candidate Dennis Lambert taking 3%. He began his third term in January 2015.[citation needed]

2016Edit

Johnson was re-elected to a fourth term in the 2016 general election, defeating Democrat Michael Lorentz, the mayor of Belpre, Ohio by a margin of 71%-29%.[citation needed]

TenureEdit

Bill Johnson is a member of both the Conservative Republican Study Committee[6] and the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership. During the 112th Congress, Johnson's "Veteran's Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act" was passed into law.[citation needed]

Additionally, the House passed Johnson's "World War II Memorial Prayer Act" which would require the prayer President Franklin Roosevelt gave on D-Day to be placed on the World War II memorial.[7]

The House also passed Johnson's "Stop the War on Coal Act" which would stop the creation of any new rules that threaten mining jobs.[7] Both pieces of legislation have been sent to the Senate for consideration. Johnson sponsored of H.R. 4036, the "Pass a Budget Now Act" which would cut the pay of legislators if a budget is not passed by April 15 of each year.[8]

Abortion

In a candidates' questionnaire in 2010, Johnson wrote, "I am pro-life, and I oppose abortion except in the case of rape, incest, and when the mother's life is in danger. Additionally, I support parental notification and a ban on partial birth abortions." During his 2010 and 2012 general elections, Johnson received the endorsement of the Ohio Right to Life PAC.[9]

Gun Issues

A lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, Johnson opposes restrictions on gun ownership. He was endorsed by the NRA in 2012.[10]

Health care

Johnson opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and supports repealing it.[11][12]

Environmental issues

At a 2016 House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Environmental Protection Agency regulations, Johnson called the agency "un-American" and accused it of "draining the lifeblood out of our businesses." Johnson's statement prompted criticism from Democratic members on the committee.[13]

Same-sex marriage

Johnson opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage, stating that it "undermines the integrity of the American family."[14]

Immigration and refugees

From the beginning,[15] Johnson supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, characterizing it as necessary to prevent terrorist attacks.[16] After the federal courts struck down the initial executive order, Johnson supported a replacement executive order imposing a revised travel ban.[15]

Scott Pruitt

In April 2018, Johnson defended EPA head Scott Pruitt who at the time was embroiled in a number of investigations over ethics violations.[17] While Pruitt was being grilled, largely along party lines, during an April 2018 hearing about the ethics concerns, Johnson said, "I think it's shameful today that this hearing has turned into a personal attack hearing and a shameful attempt to denigrate the work that's being done at the EPA and with this administration". Public officials should have ethical standards "beyond reproach ... but so should members of Congress", he added.[17][18]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Legislation sponsoredEdit

Johnson referred to the EPA's ruling as "absurd" and said that "it is unconscionable that the EPA has put our public safety at risk because during the hot summer months sometimes, somewhere kids may play in fire hydrant water."[23]

Opponents of the bill described it as a bill that would require "OSM to implement the flawed 2008 Stream Buffer Zone rule and prevent the agency from improving that rule for a minimum of seven years."[27]

Electoral historyEdit

Election results[29]
Year Office Election Name Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2010 U.S. House of Representatives General Bill Johnson Republican 103,170 50.19% Charlie Wilson Democratic 92,823 45.15% Richard Cadle Constitution 5,077 2.47% Martin Elsass Libertarian 4,505 2.19%
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Bill Johnson Republican 164,536 53.25% Charlie Wilson Democratic 144,444 46.75%
2014 U.S. House of Representatives General Bill Johnson Republican 111,026 58.24% Jennifer Garrison Democratic 73,561 38.58% Dennis Lambert Green 6,065 3.18%
2016 U.S. House of Representatives General Bill Johnson Republican 213,975 70.68% Mike Lorentz Democratic 88,780 29.32%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "About Bill Johnson". Bill Johnson website. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Wilson, Johnson win in 6th District". Marietta Times. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
  3. ^ The 2010 Results Maps, POLITICO.com; accessed February 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Former Rep. Charlie Wilson will seek rematch in Ohio". TheHill.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  6. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Bill Johnson | Congress.gov | Library of Congress". Congress.gov. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  8. ^ Bill Johnson (2012-02-15). "Pass a Budget Now Act (2012; 112th Congress H.R. 4036)". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  9. ^ "Endorsements | Ohio Right to Life PAC". Ohiovotesforlife.org. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  11. ^ Jon Baker, Congress will target Obamacare, regulatory reform, Rep. Bill Johnson says, The Times-Reporter (January 24, 2017).
  12. ^ Johnson backs repeal of 'ObamaCare', (East Liverpool, Ohio) Review (January 17, 2017).
  13. ^ Devin Henry, 'Un-American’ charge ignites hearing on EPA rules, The Hill (July 6, 2016).
  14. ^ "Bill Johnson: Issue Positions". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
  15. ^ a b Why Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson Supports Trump's Revised Travel Ban, NPR, Morning Edition (March 7, 2017).
  16. ^ Blake, Aaron (January 31, 2017). "Whip Count: Here's where Republicans stand on Trump's controversial travel ban". Washington Post.
  17. ^ a b "'Embarrassment' or 'McCarthyism': Key moments as Pruitt faces lawmakers". POLITICO. Retrieved 2018-04-26.
  18. ^ DiChristopher, Tom (2018-04-26). "Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt tells Congress ethics claims against him are lies and half-truths". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  19. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  21. ^ "H.R. 3588 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  22. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (December 2, 2013). "Both parties reject EPA fire hydrant rule". The Hill. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  23. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (November 22, 2013). "House bill warns of EPA threat to fire hydrants". The Hill. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  24. ^ "H.R. 2824 – All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  25. ^ "H.R. 2824 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  26. ^ "Johnson, Lamborn Introduce Legislation To Protect Jobs, Help Stop Administration's War on Coal". Smart Energy Universe. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  27. ^ Beans, Laura (August 8, 2013). "House Republicans Use Fear Mongering In Fight for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining". EcoWatch. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  28. ^ a b "H.R. 3548 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  29. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2016-12-04.

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