|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 is the owner and operator of a small local farm in Michigan. He is a former president of the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a manager of Johnson Elevator.
Johnson holds a degree in Agricultural Business Management from Michigan State University.
Johnson's website highlights 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 "
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 these committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation|
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|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Johnson raised $71,333 in contributions. 
His five largest contributors were:
|Michigan Farm Bureau||$5,000|
|Clare County Republicans||$1,500|
|Amerisure Insurance Companies||$1,500|
|Michigan Insurance Coalition||$1,500|
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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.
- House 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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