Jeff Johnson (Minnesota)
|Governor of Minnesota|
|Minnesota House of Representatives|
|High school||Detroit Lakes High School|
|J.D.||Georgetown Law School|
|Profession||Hennepin County Commissioner|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Personal
- 4 Recent news
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Johnson was first elected Hennepin County Commissioner in 2008 and won re-election in 2012. He previously served as a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 2006, he ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General of Minnesota.
Johnson was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. After graduating from Georgetown Law School in 1992, Johnson worked for several law firms and for Cargill, Inc. He founded Midwest Employment Resources after leaving Cargill, Inc.
- Detroit Lakes High School (1985)
- Bachelor's from Concordia College (1989)
- J.D. from Georgetown Law School (1992)
- See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014
The gubernatorial race features five tickets seeking election to a four-year term. Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton is running with Tina Smith, who is running to replace Yvonne Prettner Solon. Dayton and Smith face Republican challengers Jeff Johnson and Bill Kuisle. The general election ballot includes Libertarian ticket Chris Holbrook and Chris Dock, Grassroots Party ticket Chris Wright and David Daniels and Independence Party ticket Hannah Nicollet and Tim Gieseke. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Jeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle||30.3%||55,813|
|Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson||23.9%||43,991|
|Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra||21.1%||38,798|
|Scott Honour/Karin Housley||20.8%||38,331|
|Merrill Anderson/Mark Anderson||3.8%||7,008|
|Election Results Via:Minnesota Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.|
General election polls
|Minnesota Governor's Race 2014 - Dayton vs. Johnson|
|Poll||Mark Dayton||Jeff Johnson||Undecided/Other||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(August 13-14, 2014)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com|
Hypothetical match-up polls
|Hypothetical match-ups for Governor of Minnesota|
|Julie Rosen||Scott Honour||Kurt Zellers||Marty Seifert||Dave Thompson||Jeff Johnson|
|Percent of the vote||36%||38%||38%||37%||37%||37%|
|Mark Dayton's percent of the vote||48%||48%||48%||48%||48%||48%|
|Between October 27-29, 2013, Public Policy Polling surveyed 895 Minnesota voters. The respondents were given a series of hypothetical match-ups between Democratic incumbent Mark Dayton and six potential Republican candidates, and asked for which of the two candidates they would vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election. The margin of error for this survey is +/-3.3%|
Johnson's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:
Minnesota is the greatest place to live in America. That’s why Sondi and I came back to our home state after spending a few years away after college graduation. We wanted to start our careers here, serve our communities here and raise our kids here.
I’m very concerned about the direction our state is headed right now. I worry that Minnesota’s greatness is in jeopardy.
Here are the issues I’m most concerned with in the State of Minnesota:
Governor Dayton’s appetite for higher taxes goes hand in hand with his desire to push government programs and regulation into every corner of our lives.
I believe we need to cut taxes and reduce the size and scope of government. We also need to stop wasting the taxpayers’ money. I will initiate a top-to-bottom audit of the programs that Minnesota taxpayers fund. We will celebrate those that can prove they produce the results we claim to want; we will end those that cannot.
From the first day I am in office to the day I leave, I will work to put government back into its place as a servant of the citizens, not their master.
Minnesota has the highest achievement gap between white students and students of color in the nation. That is shameful and I will take that issue head-on. We need to hit the reset button and make our education system work for every child.
To do this we must reform our system to have the money follow the child to any school option their parents choose as the best choice for their child.
I also believe that the federal government has no business in our K-12 education decisions in Minnesota and will reject programs like Common Core and No Child Left Behind. The strings attached to federal money for such programs are much more costly to our children and our state’s bottom line than whatever the federal government provides.
Government has been messing up health care for decades, and Obamacare will break the system altogether if we don’t get rid of it. I will work to eliminate MNsure and move toward a market-based healthcare system in Minnesota where consumers have more options and government is not making decisions for patients and doctors.
I am Pro-Life and believe in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. I also support traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
Where alternative modes of transportation are necessary, I will focus on bus systems over the poor investment of rail or streetcars. Finally, I will base my transportation bonding decisions (at least in the Metro) on projects that relieve congestion and provide mobility to the citizens of Minnesota.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Farming, logging, and mining provide the rock-solid foundation upon which many other industries have been built.
Unfortunately, government is getting in the way of people who work the land. Excessive government regulations and bureaucracy too often harass farmers, cause miners to lose jobs, and loggers are often treated as pariahs.
I grew up in rural Minnesota. I know what a blessing our natural resources are. I believe the people whose livelihood depends upon using those natural resources are better stewards of the land than any bureaucrat in St Paul.
What could be clearer than that? Self-defense is a fundamental individual right. The democrats’ desire to create new “gun control” restrictions on law-abiding citizens will only leave guns in the hands of criminals. I will protect your second amendment rights.
I view the Constitution as my job description as governor. That means that the right to be free means the right to be free, the right to religious liberty means the right to religious liberty and the right to bear arms means the right to bear arms.
Specifically, the Minnesota Constitution makes clear that the legislature can’t pass “omnibus” bills covering more than one subject—and I will enforce that by vetoing any bill that bundles unrelated issues into a garbage bill. People should know what their legislators are voting for and be able to hold them accountable.
As I have said repeatedly since day one in this race, I could not agree more with the idea of disbanding the Met Council. I do believe that it should be replaced with a limited regional body (without taxing authority) to coordinate sewer and water service lines and possibly an integrated bus service, but elimination of the current body will always be the first goal.
If I were to make the campaign promise “I will eliminate the Met Council,” however, I would be more than a bit disingenuous. The governor cannot disband the Met Council without a vote of the legislature and that is not going to happen with a DFL Senate, which is not up for reelection until 2016.
So, better than a promise impossible to keep is a plan. I will first always work toward elimination of the Met Council, but understanding the political will won’t be there for at least two years to do so, I will 1) remove every member of the organization and appoint members who share my vision of the very limited role of the agency; 2) support structural reforms that dramatically scale back the scope of Met Council activities and remove its authority to tax; and 3) use the “bully pulpit” of the governor’s office to educate Minnesotans about the benefits of local control versus big government mandates, and the importance of sovereignty and private property.
Angry rhetoric by candidates about the Met Council is fine, but I’m on the ground fighting the Met Council every single day on the Hennepin County Board. I know first-hand the damage that organization does and will work aggressively as governor to close it down. I will never, however, knowingly make a promise that I cannot keep.
—Jeff Johnson's campaign website, (2014), 
Johnson was re-elected Hennepin County Commissioner in 2012.
Johnson was elected Hennepin county Commissioner in 2008.
Johnson was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2000. He was elected Assistant Majority Leader. He also served as Chairman of the Civil Law and Elections Committee and the House Republican Steering Committee.
Johnson is married to Sondi Johnson. They live in Plymouth, Minnesota with their two sons, Thor and Rolf.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Jeff Johnson + Governor + Minnesota
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- Grand Forks Herald, "Ex-lawmaker looks to bridge gap in Minnesota governor run," May 5, 2013
- Jeff Johnson for Governor, "About Jeff," accessed July 3, 2013
- Public Policy Polling, "Franken and Dayton ahead of opponents heading into 2014 re-elections," October 31, 2013
- The Star Tribune, "Race for governor's office: Johnson carries weight of Republican Party's fate," August 2, 2014
- The Star Tribune, "Endorsement: Johnson in GOP primary for governor," August 1, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Johnson for Governor, "Issues," accessed August 7, 2014
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