Broderick D. Johnson

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Broderick D. Johnson
White House Cabinet Secretary
In office
January 13, 2014 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Danielle Gray
Succeeded by Bill McGinley
Personal details
Born 1956/1957 (age 61–62)[1]
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michele Norris
Education College of the Holy Cross (BA)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (JD)

Broderick D. Johnson is an Assistant to the President and the former White House Cabinet Secretary for President Barack Obama. He also serves as the Chair of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force.[2]

Johnson was among the twenty-two highest paid White House staffers in 2014.[3]


Broderick Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the College of the Holy Cross and his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.[2][4]


Johnson began his career in the United States House of Representatives, where he worked on drafting legislation including the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. He later served as chief counsel to the House Committee on the District of Columbia and as Democratic chief counsel to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.[4] In the Clinton administration, Johnson served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

In the private sector, Johnson was previously a vice president at AT&T and Bell South corporations. Johnson has practiced law with Bryan Cave and co-founded a strategic consulting business.[2] Johnson was also a lecturer on public policy and government relations at his alma mater, the University of Michigan Law School.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Michele Norris, and their three children.[2][5]

He has served as a board director of many groups, including Concerned Black Men, Project Northstar, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund.[4]


  1. ^ Washington Post – Broderick Johnson
  2. ^ a b c d "White House Profile". The White House. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Korte, Gregory (2014-07-01). "22 White House staffers make $172,200 a year". USA Today. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Johnson, Broderick". University of Michigan. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Revolving Door: Broderick D Johnson Employment Summary | OpenSecrets". Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Danielle Gray
White House Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Bill McGinley