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Rick Johnson (Michigan politician)

Rick Johnson is a Michigan politician who served in the House of Representatives for the 102nd District from 1999 to 2004, and as Speaker of the House from 2001 to 2004.

Rick Johnson
68th Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
January 10, 2001[1] – December 31, 2004
GovernorJohn Engler
Jennifer Granholm
Preceded byCharles R. Perricone
Succeeded byAndy Dillon
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 102nd district
In office
January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2004
Preceded byJohn Gernaat
Succeeded byDarwin L. Booher
Personal details
Political partyRepublican[2]

Born in LeRoy, Osceola County, Johnson was an honors graduate of Pine River High School. He served as an Osceola County commissioner for eight years from 1986 to 1994, including five as chairman of the board, and on the Pine River School Board for six years from 1980 to 1986. Johnson was vice chairman of the Region VII Planning Commission and the District VII director of the Michigan Farm Bureau, serving as a state board member from 1994 to 1998. He was also owner and operator of the family dairy and tree farm, on the board of the Rose Lake Youth Camp, and is active in the Osceola County Community Foundation. As a former state House speaker, Johnson is a permanent member of the National Speakers Conference Executive Committee.[3][4]

He is a partner in the firm Dodak Johnson with fellow former Speaker Lew Dodak.

In 2015, Johnson signed an amicus brief asking the United States Supreme Court to make same-sex marriage legal nationwide.[5]