Michael Johns (policy analyst)

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Michael Johns
Michael Johns.jpg
Johns in 2013
Born (1964-09-08) September 8, 1964 (age 55)
EducationUniversity of Miami (B.B.A.)
OccupationHealth care executive, public policy analyst, writer, commentator
WebsiteOfficial 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] He is also a health care executive.[5][10][11][12]

Early life and education[edit]

Johns was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania,[13] and graduated from Emmaus High School.[5][14] He graduated from the University of Miami in 1986, receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in economics.[8][13][15] As a University of Miami student, he was inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor awarded a student by the university.[16] He has also studied humanities at the University of Cambridge, England.[8]

Political and public policy career[edit]

Johns began his political and public policy career as a Lyndon B. Johnson fellow working with Rep. Donald L. Ritter.[8]

In 1986, he began work at The Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative think tank.[8] Johns was an assistant editor of the Foundation's journal, Policy Review, for which he wrote on national security and foreign policy issues.[8][17][18]

In 1988, he became a policy analyst for African and Third World affairs in the Heritage Foundation's foreign policy and defense studies department. While there, 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.[8][19][20][21][22][23][24]

Johns was a White House speechwriter during the presidency of George H. W. Bush.[1][5][13][25]

He has also worked for New Jersey governor and 9/11 Commission chairman Thomas Kean, Sen. Olympia Snowe and at the International Republican Institute.[13]

Johns has been a spokesman for the Tea Party movement.[1][6][7][9][26] He has served on the leadership team of the nationwide tea party coalition.[27]

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.[10][11][12]

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.[28]

He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, National Review, Human Events, and other publications, and appeared as a commentator on CBS News, C-SPAN, and other media.[1][2][3][4][29][30] In 2012, National Journal named him one of ten Republicans to follow on Twitter.[31]


  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 c d Tad Lichtenauer, Former White House Speechwriter (PDF), Cross and Crescent Magazine, archived from the original (PDF) on 21 November 2015, retrieved 8 June 2013
  6. ^ a b Kate Zernike (17 April 2010), "Tea Party Supporters Affluent, Educated", New York Times, retrieved 8 June 2013
  7. ^ a b Different Cup Of Tea, Gloucester County Times, 24 February 2010, retrieved 8 June 2013
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Former Lehigh Valley Man Gets Foundation Position, The Morning Call, 15 January 1989, retrieved 8 June 2013
  9. ^ a b Justin Quinn, Interview with National Tea Party Founder & Leader Michael Johns, About.com, retrieved 8 June 2013
  10. ^ a b Michael Johns (30 June 2009), Here's How Part-B Can Save Medicare, HME News, retrieved 8 June 2013
  11. ^ a b Eli Lilly & Company, Pharmacist's Coffee Magazine, 2 September 2010, retrieved 8 June 2013
  12. ^ a b Wheelchair NCD Won't Bring Documentation Clarity, Supercoder.com, retrieved 8 June 2013
  13. ^ a b c d Michael Johns, Notable Names Database, retrieved 8 June 2013
  14. ^ Emmaus High School Alumni (PDF), Emmaus High School, January 2012, retrieved 8 June 2013[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ Area Students Receive Their College Degrees, The Morning Call, 21 August 1986, retrieved 8 June 2013
  16. ^ "Former Bush speechwriter leading Tea Party to legitimacy, victory," by Andrew Moran, Digital Journal, April 30, 2013
  17. ^ Michael Johns (March 1987), The Lessons Of Afghanistan, Policy Review, retrieved 8 June 2013
  18. ^ Michael Johns (September 1987), Seventy Years Of Evil, Policy Review, retrieved 8 June 2013
  19. ^ Michael Johns (November 1988), Angola At The Crossroads, Policy Archive, retrieved 8 June 2013
  20. ^ Michael Johns (February 1989), A U.S. Strategy To Foster Human Rights In Ethiopia, Policy Archive, retrieved 8 June 2013
  21. ^ Michael Johns (February 1990), Angola: Testing Gorbachev's 'New Thinking', Policy Archive, retrieved 8 June 2013
  22. ^ Michael Johns (July 1990), With Freedom Near in Angola This is No Time to Curtail UNITA Assistance, Policy Archive, retrieved 8 June 2013
  23. ^ E. A. Wayne (8 May 1989), Ethiopian Regime Looks West For Helping Hand, Christian Science Monitor, retrieved 8 June 2013
  24. ^ Robert M. Press (26 September 1991), Zaire Army Riots Test Regime, Christian Science Monitor, retrieved 8 June 2013
  25. ^ Justin Quinn, The Top Conservatives To Follow On Twitter, About.com, retrieved 8 June 2013
  26. ^ Robert Wilonsky (10 June 2009), Because Nothing Screams, "Happy July 4th!" Like Michelle Malkin at Southfork Ranch, Dallas Observer, retrieved 8 June 2013
  27. ^ The National Leadership Team, Nationwide Tea Party Coalition, retrieved 8 June 2013
  28. ^ Books By NJC Alumni, National Journalism Center, archived from the original on 4 July 2013, retrieved 8 June 2013
  29. ^ Michael Johns (25 February 1994), If U.S. Force Is Needed In Bosnia..., Christian Science Monitor, retrieved 8 June 2013
  30. ^ On The Scene, National Review, retrieved 8 June 2013
  31. ^ "Ten Republicans to follow on Twitter," by Adam Mazmanian, National Journal, August 27, 2012, Retrieved November 20, 2015.

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