Aaron Johanson

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Aaron Johanson
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Hawaii House of Representatives District 31
Incumbent
In office
2010-Present
Term ends
November 4, 2014
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Leadership
State House Minority Leader, Hawaii State House of Representatives
2013-present
Minority Whip, Hawaii State House of Representatives
2010-2012
Compensation
Base salary$57,852/year
Per diem$175/day off Oahu; $10/day on Oahu
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
CandidateVerification
Aaron Ling Johanson is a Republican member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He has served as State House Minority Leader since 2013. He served as House Minority Whip from 2011 until 2013.

Biorgaphy

Johanson earned his B.A. in History from Yale University. His professional experience includes working as a legislative analyst for state Rep. Lynn Finnegan during the 2005 and 2010 legislative sessions, as deputy chief of staff for former Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona, on the Legislative Federal Economic Stimulus Program Oversight Commission for Hawaii, Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Mint and Director of Schedule C Appointments and Deputy Associate Director of the White House personnel office.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Johanson served on the following committees:

Hawaii Committee Assignments, 2013
Labor & Public Employment
Legislative Management

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Johanson served on these committees:

Issues

2014 State of the State response

In January 2014, Abercrombie gave his fourth State of the State address. Abercrombie stated that Hawaii was turning around the budget, which produced a general fund balance of $844 million in fiscal year 2013.[1] Johanson and other Republican leaders responded to Abercrombie's address and disputed the Governor's numbers, including the contention that a budget surplus existed or whether the state actually turned around economically. Johanson called the claim of a surplus a "misnomer" and pointed to Hawaii's unfunded liabilities ranking as one of the worst in the country. These liabilities included public pension funds such as the Employee Retirement System and the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Hawaii House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place August 9, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Lei Sharsh was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Aaron Ling Johanson was unopposed in the Republican primary. Sharsh will face Johanson in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2012

Johanson won re-election in the 2012 election for Hawaii House of Representatives District 31. Johanson ran unopposed in the August 11 Republican primary and defeated Lei Sharsh (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAaron Johanson Incumbent 65.2% 4,017
     Democratic Lei Sharsh 34.8% 2,143
Total Votes 6,160

2010

See also: Hawaii House of Representatives elections, 2010

Johanson had no opposition in the September 18 primary. He defeated Lei Sharsh in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Hawaii House of Representatives, District 32 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Aaron Johnson (D) 3,304 52.2%
Lei Sharsh (R) 2,553 40.3%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Johanson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Johanson raised a total of $122,985 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 27, 2013.[8]

Aaron Johanson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Hawaii State House, District 31 Won $60,838
2010 Hawaii State House, District 32 Won $62,147
Grand Total Raised $122,985

2012

Johanson won re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Johanson raised a total of $60,838.
Hawaii House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Aaron Johanson's campaign in 2012
Edwards, William M$2,000
Friends For Lynn Finnegan$2,000
Chong, Cynthia A$2,000
Hawaii State Teachers Association$2,000
Hawaii Association of Realtors$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$60,838
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Johanson won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Johanson raised a total of $62,147.

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.[9]

2013

In 2013, the Hawaii State Legislature was in session from January 16 to May 3.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Ichiyama (D)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 31
2012–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Lynn Finnegan (R)
Hawaii House of Representatives District 32
2010–2012
Succeeded by
Linda Ichiyama (D)