Bill Johnson (Ohio politician)
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Charlie Wilson|
November 10, 1954 |
Roseboro, North Carolina, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Wanda Florence Porter
|Residence||Marietta, Ohio, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Troy University
Georgia Institute of Technology
|Awards||Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1973–1999|
William Leslie "Bill" 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.
Early life, education, and business career
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Born in Roseboro, North Carolina in 1954, he grew up on family farms. He entered the United States Air Force in 1973, 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.
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.
U.S. House of Representatives
In May 2010, Johnson defeated two primary opponents to earn the Republican nomination. In the general election, Johnson won his bid by a 50–45% margin against incumbent Charlie Wilson. He began his term in the 112th United States Congress on January 3, 2011.
In November 2011, Wilson filed a rematch in the newly redrawn 6th District. Johnson defeated Wilson again, in a heavily contested race 53% to 47%, and began his second term in January 2013.
In 2014, Johnson faced off against heavily-recruited Democrat Jennifer Garrison, a former State Representative and lawyer from Marietta, Ohio. Johnson defeated Garrison handily 58% to 39% with Green Party candidate Dennis Lambert taking 3%. He began his third term in January 2015.
Bill Johnson is a member of both the Conservative Republican Study Committee 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.
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. 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. Both pieces of legislation have been sent to the Senate for consideration.
Johnson is also the sponsor 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.
In the 2010 Ohio Primary Election Candidate Survey, Johnson stated, "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.
- Gun Issues
- Health care
- Gay Marriage
Johnson opposes the legalization of gay marriage and believes that it “undermines the integrity of the American family.” 
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- United States House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Community Fire Safety Act of 2013 (H.R. 3588; 113th Congress) – Johnson introduced this bill into the House on November 21, 2013. The bill would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring that all new fire hydrants in the United States be lead-free beginning in 2014.
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."
- Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America (H.R. 2824; 113th Congress) – Johnson introduced this bill into the House on July 25, 2013. If passed, the bill would have amended the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to require state programs for regulation of surface coal mining to incorporate the necessary rule concerning excess spoil, coal mine waste, and buffers for perennial and intermittent streams published by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement on December 12, 2008. Supporters of the bill argue that it will be good for jobs, save the government money, and improve U.S. energy production by preventing the Obama Administration from introducing more coal regulations.
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."
- Improving Trauma Care Act of 2014 (H.R. 3548; 113th Congress) – Johnson introduced this bill into the House on November 20, 2013. It is a bill that would amend the Public Health Service Act, with respect to trauma care and research programs, to include in the definition of "trauma" an injury resulting from extrinsic agents other than mechanical force, including those that are thermal, electrical, chemical, or radioactive.
Johnson supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to temporarily curtail Muslim immigration until better screening methods are devised. He stated that “I support President Trump’s temporary, three month, precautionary action directed towards a handful of countries with a history of producing and exporting terrorists. These countries are either torn apart by violence, or under the control of hostile, jihadist governments.”
|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%|
- "About Bill Johnson". Bill Johnson website. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Wilson, Johnson win in 6th District". Marietta Times. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-11-18.
- The 2010 Results Maps, POLITICO.com; accessed February 23, 2017.
- "Former Rep. Charlie Wilson will seek rematch in Ohio". TheHill.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
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- "GovTrack.us". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Ohio Right to Life". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "NRA endorsements-Ohio". Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Bill Johnson: Issue Positions". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2011-11-20.
- "H.R. 3588 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (December 2, 2013). "Both parties reject EPA fire hydrant rule". The Hill. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (November 22, 2013). "House bill warns of EPA threat to fire hydrants". The Hill. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- "H.R. 2824 – All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
- "H.R. 2824 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
- "Johnson, Lamborn Introduce Legislation To Protect Jobs, Help Stop Administration's War on Coal". Smart Energy Universe. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
- Beans, Laura (August 8, 2013). "House Republicans Use Fear Mongering In Fight for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining". EcoWatch. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- "H.R. 3548 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
- Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump's travel ban; here's where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
- "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority