Drew Johnson

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Jason Andrew “Drew” Johnson (born 1979 in Johnson City, Tennessee)[1][2] is a political commentator who was the founder and first president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research,[3] a free market think tank and watchdog organization based in Nashville, Tennessee. The center is a member of the State Policy Network.[4]

Early life[edit]

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Belmont University[5] and a Master of Public Policy degree from Pepperdine University.[6] Prior to founding the Tennessee Center for Policy Research in 2004,[7] Johnson served as a policy analyst at the Alexandria, Virginia-based National Taxpayers Union Foundation.[8]


As a libertarian and fiscally conservative pundit, Johnson frequently authors columns and commentary pieces that have appeared in such newspapers and magazines as Wall Street Journal,[9] Human Events,[10] the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Tennessean.[11]

Johnson has been a guest on such television programs as The Situation Room, Hannity & Colmes,[12] CNN’s Glenn Beck[13] and The Big Story with John Gibson.[14] He has appeared on radio programs such as the Mike Gallagher radio show,[15] the Sean Hannity Show, the Glenn Beck Program, the Andrew Wilkow show and NPR’s All Things Considered.[16]

In February 2007, Johnson’s charges that environmental activist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore consumed more electricity in his home every month than the average American household uses in an entire year received widespread media attention.[17][18][19]

Johnson left TCPR at the end of 2009.[20] In May 2011 the Taxpayers Protection Alliance announced that he would join that organization as a senior fellow. [21] During the two and a half years he spent with the Taxpayer Protection Alliance in both Nashville and Washington, D.C., he also wrote a weekly column for Newsmax.

In June 2012, the Chattanooga Times Free Press announced that he would be joining its staff on July 1 as opinion editor for the Free Press editorial page, writing editorials and a weekly column.[22] On August 1, 2013 the newspaper announced that Johnson was terminated for violating the newspaper's standards in altering an editorial headline. The conservative outlet stated the alteration was "inappropriate" and that Johnson did not follow normal editing procedures.[23]

Fellowships and appointments[edit]


  1. ^ "TennBarU", "Drew Johnson"
  2. ^ ABC News, "Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Truth'?--A $30,000 Utility Bill", February 26, 2007
  3. ^ "National Review", "Fifty flowers bloom: conservative think tanks—mini-Heritage Foundations—at the state level", November 19, 2007
  4. ^ Jeff Woods, The Great Gadfly: How a baby-faced kid became the governor's No. 1 nemesis, Nashville Scene, September 11, 2008
  5. ^ "News@Belmont", "Belmont Grad Provides Expert National Political Research", January 22, 2004
  6. ^ "Pepperdine University School of Public Policy", "Davenport Institute Administration and Fellows"
  7. ^ "Citizens Against Government Waste", "2008 Tennessee Pork Report"
  8. ^ "National Taxpayers Union Foundation", "Study: EVERY Democrat Presidential Candidate's Platform Would Raise, Not Lower, Federal Budget Deficits", January 19, 2004
  9. ^ "Pepperdine University", "Pepperdine In the News", January 2004
  10. ^ "Tax Reform: Say It Is So, Mr. President". Human Events. September 17, 2004
  11. ^ "Hope of making a living braiding hair faces unfair tangle", February 17, 2006
  12. ^ "Fox News.com", "Hannity & Colmes", February 27, 2007
  13. ^ "CNN.com", "Glenn Beck", May 1, 2007
  14. ^ "Fox News", "Is Al Gore as Green as He Claims to Be?", February 27, 2007
  15. ^ "Mike talks president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research about Al Gore's energy gluttony at his house". Townhall.com. June 19, 2008
  16. ^ "Tennessee Center for Policy Research", "Drew Johnson - President"
  17. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/GlobalWarming/Story?id=2906888&page=1
  18. ^ Pilkington, Ed (February 28, 2007). "An inconvenient truth: eco-warrior Al Gore's bloated gas and electricity bills". The Guardian (London). 
  19. ^ "Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own 'Inconvenient Truth'", Tennessee Center for Policy Research website, February 26, 2007]
  20. ^ Clint Brewer Now Top Dog At TCPR, Nashville Post, October 29, 2009
  21. ^ Government Waste Expert Drew Johnson Joins TPA as Senior Fellow
  22. ^ "Drew Johnson named opinion page editor for Free Press". Chattanooga Times Free Press. June 8, 2012. 
  23. ^ Thompson, Catherine (August 1, 2013). "Chattanooga Free Press Editor Terminated Over ‘Shove It, Mr. President’ Headline". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Center for Competitive Politics", "Board of Academic Advisors". Campaignfreedom.org
  25. ^ "Institute for Humane Studies", "Summer Fellow Class of 2002"

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