Bill Johnson (Ohio politician)

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Lieutenant Colonel
Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Charlie Wilson
Personal details
Born (1954-11-10) November 10, 1954 (age 64)
Roseboro, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) LeeAnn Johnson; 4 Children[1]
Residence Marietta, Ohio[1]
Alma mater Troy University[1]
Georgia Institute of Technology
Religion Protestantism[2]
Awards Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1973–1999
Rank Lieutenant Colonel US-O5 insignia.svg

William Leslie "Bill" Johnson (born November 10, 1954) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 6th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Early life, education, and business career

Born in Roseboro, North Carolina in 1954,[2] Johnson grew up on family farms. He entered the United States Air Force in 1973, married Wanda Florence Porter April 30, 1975. They had 3 children, Joshua Daniel Johnson born 1976; Julie Florence Johnson born 1978 and Jessica Leslie Johnson born 1983. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a military career of more than 26 years. He graduated summa cum laude from Troy University in Troy, Alabama 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. Bill is also a recipient of 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, Johnson worked directly with senior congressional and Secretary of Defense representatives, as well as top leaders within the various U.S. intelligence communities, to ensure America’s Special Operations forces were adequately equipped to carry out critical national security missions.[3]

He co-founded Johnson-Schley Management Group, an information technology (IT) consulting company that increased revenues by more than 200% in just 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 highly electronic components for the transportation industry.

U.S. House of Representatives



In May 2010, Johnson defeated two primary opponents to earn the Republican nomination.[4] In the general election, Johnson won his bid by a 50–45%[5] margin against incumbent Charlie Wilson. He began his term in the 112th United States Congress on January 3, 2011.


In November 2011, Wilson filed a rematch in the newly redrawn 6th District.[6] Johnson defeated Wilson once again in a heavily contested race 53% to 47%, and began his second term in January of 2013.


In 2014, Johnson faced off against heavily-recruited Democrat Jennifer Garrison, a former State Representative and lawyer from Marietta, Ohio.[7] Johnson defeated Garrison handily 58% to 39% with Green Party candidate Dennis Lambert taking 3%. Johnson began his third term in January 2015.


Bill Johnson is a member of both the Conservative Republican Study Committee and the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership.

During the 112th Congress, Johnson's "Veteran's Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act" was passed into law.[8] Additionally, 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.[9] 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.[10] Both pieces of legislation have been sent to the Senate for consideration.

Johnson is also the sponsor of H.R. 4036, the "Pass a Budget Now Act" which would cut the pay of legislators if a budget is not passed by April 15 of each year.[11]


In the 2010 Ohio Primary Election Candidate Survey, Johnson stated, "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 general elections, Johnson received the endorsement of the Ohio Right to Life PAC.[12]

Gun Issues

A lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, Johnson opposes restrictions on gun ownership. He was endorsed by the NRA in 2012.[13]

Health care

Johnson opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[citation needed]

Gay Marriage

Johnson opposes the legalization of gay marriage and believes that it “undermines the integrity of the American family.” [14]

Committee assignments

Legislation sponsored

Electoral history

Ohio's 6th congressional district: 2010 results[23]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct Green Votes Pct
2010 Charles A. Wilson, Jr. 91,018 45% Bill Johnson 101,558 50%
2012 Charles A. Wilson, Jr. 144,444 47% Bill Johnson 164,536 53%
2014 Jennifer Garrison 73,561 39% Bill Johnson 111,026 58% Dennis Lambert 6,025 3%


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charlie Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Robert Hurt
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Bill Keating