Robert Johnson (Louisiana)

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Robert Johnson
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Louisiana House of Representatives, District 28
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 17, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sLoyola University
J.D.Loyola University Law School
Office website
Robert A. Johnson is a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 28. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

Johnson was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana.[1] He was defeated in the open primary on October 19, 2013.[2] Despite the special election loss, Johnson has not ruled out running for the full term in the 2014 election.[3]


Johnson earned his B.A. in political science and J.D. from Loyola University. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Johnson served on the following committees:

Louisiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development
Ways and Means
Joint Legislative Capital Outlay


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Johnson served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Johnson served on the following committees:



See also: Louisiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Despite losing in the open primary during the 2013 special election for the 5th Congressional District, Johnson announced after the election that he has not yet ruled out running in the 2014 election. "In 2014, it could be a very, very different race," Johnson said.[4]


Johnson ran for the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana. The election was held to replace Rodney Alexander, who announced his resignation in order to take a position as the next Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs at the end of September 2013.[5] He was defeated in the open primary on October 19, 2013.[2]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Special Election Open Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Riser 32% 33,045
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVance McAllister 17.8% 18,386
     Republican Clyde Holloway 10.9% 11,250
     Republican Phillip "Blake" Weatherly 0.5% 517
     Republican Jay Morris 6.9% 7,083
     Democratic Marcus Hunter 3% 3,088
     Democratic Robert Johnson 9.6% 9,971
     Democratic Jamie Mayo 14.8% 15,317
     Democratic Weldon Russell 2.5% 2,554
     Libertarian Henry Herford, Jr. 0.9% 886
     Libertarian S.B.A. Zaitoon 0.1% 129
     Green Eliot Barron 0.5% 492
     Independent Tom Gibbs 0.3% 324
     Independent Peter Williams 0.3% 335
Total Votes 103,377
Source: Official results via Louisiana Secretary of State


See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On October 22, 2011, Johnson won re-election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He defeated Kirby Roy III (R) in the October 22 primary. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary.

Louisiana House of Representatives, District 28 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Johnson Incumbent 62.8% 8,037
     Republican Kirby Roy III 37.2% 4,768
Total Votes 12,805


In 2007, Johnson was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. He defeated Kirby Roy III.R[6]

Louisiana House of Representatives General Election, District 28 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Johnson (D) 7,436
Kirby Roy III (R) 6,642

Campaign donors


In 2011, Johnson received $206,138 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Johnson (Louisiana)'s campaign in 2011
Louisiana Democratic Party$31,343
Louisiana Dental Association$4,750
Louisiana Bankers Association$3,750
Louisiana Hospital Association$3,500
Total Raised in 2011 $206,138
Total Votes received in 2011 8,037
Cost of each vote received $25.65


In 2007, a year in which Johnson was up for election, he collected $210,235 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Robert Johnson $117,923
Robert Johnson $38,091
Louisiana House Democratic Campaign Committee $12,336
Barry Laiche $2,500


Johnson is a member of the Acadiana Delegation, Democratic Caucus, and Louisiana Rural Caucus.[9]

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