Jeff Johnson (Alberta politician)

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The Honourable
Jeff Johnson
MLA for Athabasca-Redwater
In office
Preceded by Mike Cardinal
Succeeded by Colin Piquette
Personal details
Born 1966/1967 (age 47–48)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Kim
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Residence Athabasca, Alberta
Religion Lutheran

Jeffrey David Johnson (born c. 1967) is a Canadian politician who was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He served as Minister of Education from May 2012 until May 2015. He was defeated in Alberta's election on May 5, 2015[1][2]

Johnson was elected to the Alberta Legislature for the first time in the 2008 Alberta general election. He held the Athabasca-Redwater district for the Progressive Conservatives, winning in a landslide with almost 70% of the popular vote defeating four other candidates.[3] On October 12, 2011 he was sworn in as Minister of Infrastructure. He also serves as Political Minister-Northern Alberta and is the Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board.

In addition, he is a member of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Finance and the Standing Committees on the Economy and Public Safety and Services.

During his time as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, Johnson has co-chaired the Steering Committee on Inspiring Education, chaired the Alberta Recreation Corridors Coordinating Committee, and chaired the MLA Library Review Committee and has served on several committees of the Legislative Assembly including Public Accounts. He also served as Parliamentary Assistant to the President of the Treasury Board (Oil Sands Sustainable Development Secretariat).[1]

Johnson has had a varied career. Sport and recreation have played an important role in his life as he has coached and trained hockey players at the junior, college and pro levels. He has experience working in financial markets as a futures trading floor pit boss and as a salesperson for life insurance and related investment funds. He has also owned and operated several small businesses.[1]

Prior to being elected, Johnson was the president and owner of the largest rural Xerox sales agency in western Canada, supplying stuff in northern Alberta. He ran this business for 10 years during which, he was awarded the Xerox Canada Agent of the Year three times and appointed as one of six members to the National Agent Council for Xerox Canada.[1]

Johnson has a bachelor of arts in psychology from Camrose Lutheran College[4] and continues to be an active member of his community.[1]

He and his wife, Kim, who is an art therapist, along with their two sons and daughter live in Athabasca.[1]


Order of precedence
Preceded by
Ken Hughes
Order of precedence in Alberta
as of 2013
Succeeded by
Verlyn Olson