|Michigan House of Representatives, District 97|
|January 1, 2011 - present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||3 terms|
|Bachelor's||Michigan State University|
Johnson earned his degree in Agricultural Business Management from Michigan State University. His professional experience includes working as the owner and operator of a small local farm in Michigan and as a manager of Johnson Elevator.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Johnson served on the following committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Financial Services|
|• Natural Resources|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Johnson served on the following committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation|
Johnson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "To protect and defend the constitution"
- Excerpt: "To help protect and create jobs in Michigan"
- Excerpt: "To make government accountable to the people"
- Excerpt: "To cut waste in government spending and reduce the tax burden"
- Excerpt: "To create a friendly business climate in Michigan"
Johnson won re-election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 97. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Chris Breznau (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 97, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Joel Johnson Incumbent||61.8%||23,295|
Johnson won election to the District 97 Seat in 2010. He defeated Kim Emmons, George Gilmore, Tom Kerrins and Roy Morrison in the August 3 Republican primary. He defeated Mark Lightfoot (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 97 General election (2010)|
|Joel Johnson (R)||16,818|
|Mark Lightfoot (D)||10,657|
|Brandon Dickhausen (L)||1,392|
Comprehensive donor information for Johnson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Johnson raised a total of $179,777 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.
|Joel Johnson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Michigan State House, District 97||$108,444|
|2010||Michigan State House, District 97||$71,333|
|Grand Total Raised||$179,777|
2012Johnson won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Johnson raised a total of $108,444.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joel Johnson's campaign in 2012|
|Michigan Milk Producers Association||$4,000|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan||$4,000|
|Michigan Association Of Realtors||$3,250|
|Michigan Health & Hospital Association||$3,200|
|Michigan Farm Bureau||$2,800|
|Total Raised in 2012||$108,444|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Johnson won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Johnson raised a total of $71,333.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joel Johnson's campaign in 2010|
|Michigan Farm Bureau||$5,000|
|Clare County Republicans||$1,500|
|Michigan Insurance Coalition||$1,500|
|Amerisure Insurance Companies||$1,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$71,333|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Tea Party Scorecard
The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.
January 2011 - March 2012
Joel Johnson received a 83% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
Johnson and his wife, Dawn, have four children. He is a former president of the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce.
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- Office website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
|Michigan House of Representatives District 97
2011 – Present
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