Bill Johnson (Ohio politician)

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Lieutenant Colonel
Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Charlie Wilson
Personal details
Born (1954-11-10) November 10, 1954 (age 62)
Roseboro, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Wanda Florence Porter
LeeAnn Johnson
Children 4
Residence Marietta, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Troy University[1]
Georgia Institute of Technology
Awards Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1973–1999
Rank Lieutenant Colonel US-O5 insignia.svg

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.[1]

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[1]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010[edit]

In May 2010, Johnson defeated two primary opponents to earn the Republican nomination.[2] In the general election, Johnson won his bid by a 50–45%[3] margin against incumbent Charlie Wilson. He began his term in the 112th United States Congress on January 3, 2011.

2012[edit]

In November 2011, Wilson filed a rematch in the newly redrawn 6th District.[4] Johnson defeated Wilson again, in a heavily contested race 53% to 47%, and began his second term in January 2013.[citation needed]

2014[edit]

In 2014, Johnson faced off against heavily-recruited Democrat Jennifer Garrison, a former State Representative and lawyer from Marietta, Ohio.[5] Johnson defeated Garrison handily 58% to 39% with Green Party candidate Dennis Lambert taking 3%. He began his third term in January 2015.[citation needed]

2016[edit]

Johnson was re-elected to a fourth term in the 2016 general election, defeating Democrat Michael Lorentz, the mayor of Belpre, Ohio by a margin of 71%-29%.[citation needed]

Tenure[edit]

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Abortion

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.[10]

Gun Issues

A lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, Johnson opposes restrictions on gun ownership. He was endorsed by the NRA in 2012.[11]

Health care

Johnson opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[citation needed]

Gay Marriage

Johnson opposes the legalization of gay marriage and believes that it “undermines the integrity of the American family.” [12]

Committee assignments[edit]

Legislation sponsored[edit]

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."[15]

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."[19]

Political stances[edit]

National security[edit]

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.”[21]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[22]
Year Office Election Name Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
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%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "About Bill Johnson". Bill Johnson website. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Wilson, Johnson win in 6th District". Marietta Times. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  3. ^ The 2010 Results Maps, POLITICO.com; accessed February 23, 2017.
  4. ^ "Former Rep. Charlie Wilson will seek rematch in Ohio". TheHill.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-02. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ [3][dead link]
  9. ^ "GovTrack.us". Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Ohio Right to Life". Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  11. ^ "NRA endorsements-Ohio". Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Bill Johnson: Issue Positions". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  13. ^ "H.R. 3588 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (December 2, 2013). "Both parties reject EPA fire hydrant rule". The Hill. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (November 22, 2013). "House bill warns of EPA threat to fire hydrants". The Hill. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "H.R. 2824 – All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "H.R. 2824 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Johnson, Lamborn Introduce Legislation To Protect Jobs, Help Stop Administration's War on Coal". Smart Energy Universe. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  19. ^ Beans, Laura (August 8, 2013). "House Republicans Use Fear Mongering In Fight for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining". EcoWatch. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "H.R. 3548 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  21. ^ Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump's travel ban; here's where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charlie Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Randy Hultgren
R-Illinois
United States Representatives by seniority
222nd
Succeeded by
Bill Keating
D-Massachusetts