William LeslieBillJohnson (born November 10, 1954) is an American businessman and 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

Born in Roseboro, North Carolina in 1954, Johnson grew up on family farms. He entered the United States Air Force in 1973, and married Wanda Florence Porter on April 30, 1975. They had three 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 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.

Johnson has received 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 of 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 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 electronic components for the transportation industry.[1]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2010

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

2012

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

2014

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

2016

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

2018

Johnson was reelected to a fifth term, defeating Democrat Shawna Roberts, of Barnesville, Ohio, 69%-30%.

Tenure

On January 7, 2021, Johnson objected to the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results in Congress.[6]

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.[7] Both pieces of legislation have been sent to the Senate for consideration. Johnson sponsored H.R. 4036, the Pass a Budget Now Act, which would cut legislators’ pay if a budget is not passed by April 15 of each year.[8]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Legislation sponsored

Johnson called the EPA’s ruling “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.”[17]

Political positions

During the presidency of Donald Trump, Johnson voted in line with Trump’s stated position 96.8% of the time.[23] As of September 2021, Johnson had voted in line with President Joe Biden‘s stated position 13.9% of the time.[24]

Race relations

As protesters called for the removal of statues deemed racist, Johnson authored an opinion piece for the Washington Examiner titled “Our History Can Safeguard our Future”. In his piece, Johnson defends such statues, writing, “To really unify our country, we must pause and consider our history to provide context for our current national dialogue. We need to step out from behind our keyboards and learn more of the nuance of our shared heritage.”[25]

Abortion

In a candidates’ questionnaire in 2010, Johnson wrote, “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 campaigns, Johnson was endorsed by the Ohio Right to Life PAC.[26]

Environmental issues

At a 2016 House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Environmental Protection Agency regulations, Johnson called the agency “un-American” and accused it of “draining the lifeblood out of our businesses.” His remarks prompted criticism from Democratic members of the committee.[27]

Johnson was briefly criticized on an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for asking a Department of Energy representative about the financial return on investment regarding the Clean Future Act, which host John Oliver compared to asking about the financial return on investment of a fire department.[28]

Gun issues

A lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, Johnson opposes restrictions on gun ownership. The NRA endorsed him in 2012.[29]

Health care

Johnson opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and supports repealing it.[30][31]

Immigration and refugees

From the beginning,[32] Johnson supported President Donald Trump‘s 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, characterizing it as necessary to prevent terrorist attacks.[33] After the federal courts struck down the initial executive order, Johnson supported a replacement executive order imposing a revised travel ban.[32]

Same-sex marriage

Johnson opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage, saying that it “undermines the integrity of the American family.”[34]

Trump administration

On December 18, 2019, Johnson held a moment of silence for Trump voters during House debates on articles of impeachment, saying, “This is a sad day for America. This partisan impeachment sham seeks to disenfranchise 63 million American voters… So I want to use my time to call on this chamber, for members to rise and observe a moment of silent reflection, to give every member here the chance to pause for a moment and remember the voices of the 63 million American voters the Democrats today are wanting to silence.”[35]

In April 2018, Johnson defended EPA head Scott Pruitt, who was embroiled in a number of investigations over ethics violations.[36] While Pruitt was being grilled, largely along party lines, during an April 2018 hearing about the ethics concerns, Johnson said, “I think it’s shameful today that this hearing has turned into a personal attack hearing and a shameful attempt to denigrate the work that’s being done at the EPA and with this administration”. Public officials should have ethical standards “beyond reproach … but so should members of Congress”, he added.[36][37]

In December 2020, Johnson was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[38] Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[39][40][41]

Electoral history

Election results[42]
YearOfficeElectionNamePartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%OpponentPartyVotes%
2010U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBill JohnsonRepublican103,17050.19%Charlie WilsonDemocratic92,82345.15%Richard CadleConstitution5,0772.47%Martin ElsassLibertarian4,5052.19%
2012U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBill JohnsonRepublican164,53653.25%Charlie WilsonDemocratic144,44446.75%
2014U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBill JohnsonRepublican111,02658.24%Jennifer GarrisonDemocratic73,56138.58%Dennis LambertGreen6,0653.18%
2016U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBill JohnsonRepublican213,97570.68%Mike LorentzDemocratic88,78029.32%
2018U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBill JohnsonRepublican169,66869.29%Shawna RobertsDemocratic75,19630.71%
2020U.S. House of RepresentativesGeneralBill JohnsonRepublican249,13074.41%Shawna RobertsDemocratic85,66125.59%

References

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  4. ^ “Former Rep. Charlie Wilson will seek rematch in Ohio”. TheHill.com. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
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  8. ^ Johnson, Bill (2012-02-15). “Pass a Budget Now Act (2012; 112th Congress H.R. 4036)”. GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  9. ^ “Membership”. Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  10. ^ “Members”. Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
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  12. ^ “MEMBERS”. RMSP. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
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  15. ^ “H.R. 3588 – Summary”. United States Congress. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  16. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (December 2, 2013). “Both parties reject EPA fire hydrant rule”. The Hill. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  17. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (November 22, 2013). “House bill warns of EPA threat to fire hydrants”. The Hill. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  18. ^ “H.R. 2824 – All Actions”. United States Congress. Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  19. ^ “H.R. 2824 – Summary”. United States Congress. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
  20. ^ “Johnson, Lamborn Introduce Legislation To Protect Jobs, Help Stop Administration’s War on Coal”. Smart Energy Universe. March 3, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  21. ^ Beans, Laura (August 8, 2013). “House Republicans Use Fear Mongering In Fight for Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining”. EcoWatch. Retrieved March 5, 2014.
  22. ^ a b “H.R. 3548 – Summary”. United States Congress. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
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  26. ^ “Endorsements | Ohio Right to Life PAC”. Ohiovotesforlife.org. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  27. ^ Devin Henry, ‘Un-American’ charge ignites hearing on EPA rules, The Hill (July 6, 2016).
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  29. ^ “NRA-PVF | Ohio”. Archived from the original on 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  30. ^ Jon Baker, Congress will target Obamacare, regulatory reform, Rep. Bill Johnson says, The Times-Reporter (January 24, 2017).
  31. ^ Johnson backs repeal of ‘ObamaCare’, (East Liverpool, Ohio) Review (January 17, 2017).
  32. ^ a b Why Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson Supports Trump’s Revised Travel Ban, NPR, Morning Edition (March 7, 2017).
  33. ^ Blake, Aaron (January 31, 2017). “Whip Count: Here’s where Republicans stand on Trump’s controversial travel ban”. Washington Post.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio’s 6th congressional district

2011–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by

United States representatives by seniority
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