Ross Johnson (politician)

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James Ross Johnson (born September 28, 1939) is a Republican United States political figure from California who most recently served as chairperson of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Prior to his service at the FPPC, he was a long-time California State Legislator, and was the first person ever to serve as a party leader in both houses of the legislature.

He served in the California State Assembly from Orange County from 1978 until he resigned in 1995 to take a State Senate seat. He served in the Senate from 1995 until 2004 when he was term limited. While serving in the Assembly, he resided in Brea, CA; however he moved to [Irvine, CA]] in 1995 in order to be eligible to run for the Senate.

Johnson has been married to Diane Morris since 1968. They have two grown children, Susan and Molly. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson now reside in the Sacramento suburb of Gold River.


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California Assembly
Preceded by
William E. Dannemeyer
California State Assemblyman
69th District
December 4, 1978–November 30, 1982
Succeeded by
Nolan Frizzelle
Preceded by
M. David Stirling
California State Assemblyman
64th District
December 6, 1982–November 30, 1992
Succeeded by
Ted Weggeland
Preceded by
Tom Umberg
California State Assemblyman
72nd District
December 7, 1992–May 11, 1995
Succeeded by
Dick Ackerman
Party political offices
Preceded by
Pat Nolan
California State Assembly Republican Leader
November 10, 1988–July 17, 1991
Succeeded by
Bill Jones
Preceded by
Rob Hurtt
California State Senate Republican Leader
March 16, 1998–April 27, 2000
Succeeded by
Jim Brulte
California Senate
Preceded by
Marian Bergeson
California State Senator
35th District
May 11, 1995–November 30, 2004
Succeeded by
John Campbell
Political offices
Preceded by
Liane M. Randolph
California Fair Political Practices Commission Chairman
February 14, 2007–April 30, 2010
Succeeded by
Daniel Schnur