Steve Johnson (Colorado legislator)

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Steve Johnson
Member of the Colorado Senate
from the 15th district
In office
January 8, 2003[1] – January 6, 2009[2]
Preceded by Stan Matsunaka
Succeeded by Kevin Lundberg
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives from the 49th district
In office
January 1997 – January 8, 2003[1]
Succeeded by Kevin Lundberg
Personal details
Born (1960-04-21) April 21, 1960 (age 57)
Columbus, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lynette
Profession veterinarian, educator
Religion Baptist

Steve Johnson is a Larimer County, Colorado county commissioner and a former Republican member of the Colorado Senate. From 2003 to 2009, Johnson represented the 15th Senate District, encompassing rural Larimer County and the cities of Loveland and Estes Park.[3] Previously he was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1997 through 2002.


Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a D.V.M. from Colorado State University, Johnson worked as a veterinarian in Loveland, Colorado, and currently works as a county supervisor for Larimer County. He has taught science at Heritage Christian High School. Johnson is married and has no children.[4]

Johnson was a member of the Larimer County Planning Commission from 1987 to 1996, and was first elected to the State House in 1996.[4] In 2002, he was elected to the State Senate over Democrat Kathy Gilliland, and was re-elected in 2006, defeating Democrat Jennifer Miller. [5] In the 2007-2008 session of the Colorado General Assembly, Johnson sat on the powerful Joint Budget Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee. [6]

A moderate Republican, Johnson was the State Senate sponsor for Referendum C, a statewide measure to remove TABOR restrictions on the state budget; his sponsorship put him at odd with other fiscally conservative Republicans. In addition to his work on the six-member Joint Budget Committee preparing the state budget, Johnson has expressed priorities of expanding funding to higher education and re-opening the state drivers' license office in Loveland.[7]/ The office reopened on May 16, 2008.

In June 2007, Johnson — otherwise healthy and athletic, having recently taken second place in a legislative fitness challenge — suffered a heart attack. That same summer, Johnson taught an organic chemistry class at Colorado State University. Since then, Johnson has placed a renewed emphasis on affordable health care, calling it a "moral issue" for the Republican Party.[8][9]

In January 2008, Johnson, facing the end of his senate tenure in 2010, announced his candidacy for a seat on the Larimer County Board of Commissioners.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Senate Journal - January 8, 2003" (pdf). Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
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  3. ^ "Colorado State Senate Districts". COMaps. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Steve Johnson - Colorado - State Senate District 15 candidate". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  5. ^ Larimer County, Colorado. "Election Information". Larimer County Virtual Courhouse. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  6. ^ "Senate Committees". Colorado General Assembly. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  7. ^ Coberly, Andra (3 January 2007). "A Rare Find: A Republican With Power". Fort Collins Weekly. Retrieved 2007-03-14. 
  8. ^ Coberly, Andra (28 October 2007). "HHeart attack motivates Colo. senator to be more heart-healthy". Greeley Tribune. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  9. ^ Kosena, Jason (4 November 2007). "Health care dominates meeting". Fort Collins Coloradoan. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  10. ^ The Coloradoan - - Ft. Collins, CO

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