Michael Johns (policy analyst)

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Michael Johns
Michael Johns.jpg
Born (1964-09-08) 8 September 1964 (age 50)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Education University of Miami (Bachelors in Business Administration)
Occupation Health care executive, public policy expert, writer and commentator
Website Official website

Michael Johns (born September 8, 1964) is an American conservative commentator, policy analyst and writer, a former speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush, and a leader and spokesman in the Tea Party Movement.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] He is also a health care executive.[6][11][12][13]

Early life and education[edit]

Johns was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania,[14] and graduated from Emmaus High School.[6][15] He graduated from the University of Miami in 1986, receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in economics.[9][14][16] As a University of Miami student, he was inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor awarded a student by the university.[17] He has also studied humanities at the University of Cambridge, England.[9]

Political and public policy career[edit]

Johns began his political and public policy career as a Lyndon B. Johnson Fellow working with Pennsylvanian Republican Member of Congress Donald L. Ritter.[9]

In 1986, he began work at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank that took a leading role in the conservative movement during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and which was influential in the formation of the Reagan Doctrine.[9] Johns was assistant editor of the Foundation's journal, Policy Review, for which he wrote on national security and foreign policy issues.[9][18][19]

In 1988, he became the Policy Analyst for African and Third World Affairs in the Heritage Foundation's Foreign Policy and Defense Studies Department, where he researched and wrote on topics including South Africa, U.S. Relations with Zaire and Kenya, the famine in Ethiopia, and the civil wars in Angola and Mozambique.[9][20][21][22][23][24][25]

Johns was a White House speechwriter during the presidency of George H. W. Bush.[1][6][14][26]

He has also worked for New Jersey Governor and 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean, for Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, and at the International Republican Institute.[14]

Johns is a leader and spokesman in the Tea Party Movement.[1][7][8][10][27] He serves on the leadership team of the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition.[28]

Health care career[edit]

Johns was vice president of Gentiva Health Services and has held senior positions at Eli Lilly and Company and Electric Mobility Corporation.[11][12][13]

Books and commentary[edit]

Johns wrote the U.S. and Africa Statistical Handbook, and contributed to Finding Our Roots, Facing Our Future: America's 21st Century and Freedom in the World: The Annual Guide of Political Rights and Civil Liberties.[29]

He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, National Review, Human Events, and other publications, and has appeared as a commentator on CBS News, C-SPAN, and other broadcast media.[1][2][3][4][30][31] National Journal recommended him as one of “Ten Republicans to follow on Twitter”.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Brian Montopoli (25 January 2010), Katie Couric Interviews Tea Party Leaders, CBS News, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  2. ^ a b Michael Johns (15 November 1989), Namibian Voters Deny Total Power To SWAPO, Wall Street Journal, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  3. ^ a b Michael Johns (26 October 1989), Savimbi's Elusive Victory In Angola, Human Events, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  4. ^ a b Michael Johns, Speechwriter, C-Span Video Library, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  5. ^ a b Adam Mazmanian (27 August 2012), Ten Republicans To Follow On Twitter, National Journal, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  6. ^ a b c d Tad Lichtenauer, Former White House Speechwriter (PDF), Cross and Crescent Magazine, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  7. ^ a b Kate Zernike (17 April 2010), Tea Party Supporters Affluent, Educated, New York Times, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  8. ^ a b Different Cup Of Tea, Gloucester County Times, 24 February 2010, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g Former Lehigh Valley Man Gets Foundation Position, The Morning Call, 15 January 1989, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  10. ^ a b Justin Quinn, Interview with National Tea Party Founder & Leader Michael Johns, About.com, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  11. ^ a b Michael Johns (30 June 2009), Here's How Part-B Can Save Medicare, HME News, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  12. ^ a b Eli Lilly & Company, Pharmacist's Coffee Magazine, 2 September 2010, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  13. ^ a b Wheelchair NCD Won't Bring Documentation Clarity, Supercoder.com, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  14. ^ a b c d Michael Johns, Notable Names Database, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  15. ^ Emmaus High School Alumni (PDF), Emmaus High School, January 2012, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  16. ^ Area Students Receive Their College Degrees, The Morning Call, 21 August 1986, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  17. ^ "Former Bush speechwriter leading Tea Party to legitimacy, victory," by Andrew Moran, Digital Journal, April 30, 2013
  18. ^ Michael Johns (March 1987), The Lessons Of Afghanistan, Policy Review, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  19. ^ Michael Johns (September 1987), Seventy Years Of Evil, Policy Review, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  20. ^ Michael Johns (November 1988), Angola At The Crossroads, Policy Archive, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  21. ^ Michael Johns (February 1989), A U.S. Strategy To Foster Human Rights In Ethiopia, Policy Archive, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  22. ^ Michael Johns (February 1990), Angola: Testing Gorbachev's 'New Thinking', Policy Archive, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  23. ^ Michael Johns (July 1990), With Freedom Near in Angola This is No Time to Curtail UNITA Assistance, Policy Archive, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  24. ^ E. A. Wayne (8 May 1989), Ethiopian Regime Looks West For Helping Hand, Christian Science Monitor, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  25. ^ Robert M. Press (26 September 1991), Zaire Army Riots Test Regime, Christian Science Monitor, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  26. ^ Justin Quinn, The Top Conservatives To Follow On Twitter, About.com, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  27. ^ Robert Wilonsky (10 June 2009), Because Nothing Screams, "Happy July 4th!" Like Michelle Malkin at Southfork Ranch, Dallas Observer, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  28. ^ The National Leadership Team, Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  29. ^ Books By NJC Alumni, National Journalism Center, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  30. ^ Michael Johns (25 February 1994), If U.S. Force Is Needed In Bosnia..., Christian Science Monitor, retrieved 8 June 2013 
  31. ^ On The Scene, National Review, retrieved 8 June 2013 

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