Tim Johnson, South Dakota
|U.S. Senate, South Dakota|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||16|
|Predecessor||Larry L. Pressler (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|First elected||November 5, 1996|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Representative, U. S. House of Representatives|
|Senator, South Dakota Senate|
|Representative, South Dakota House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of South Dakota, 1969|
|Master's||University of South Dakota, 1970|
|J.D.||University of South Dakota, 1975|
|Years of service||1969|
|Birthday||December 28, 1946|
|Place of birth||Canton, SD|
Below is an abbreviated outline of Johnson's academic, professional and political career:
- 1969: Received his B.A. from University of South Dakota
- 1970: Received his M.A. from University of South Dakota
- 1975: Received his J.D. from University of South Dakota
- 1971-1972: Served as budget advisor, Michigan Senate
- 1975: Began practicing law in Vermillion, S.D.
- 1979-1982: Served as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
- 1983-1986: Served as a member of the South Dakota Senate
- 1985: Served as Clay County deputy State’s attorney
- 1987-1997: Served as a Democrat in the U.S. Congress
- 1997-Present: U.S Senator from South Dakota
Johnson serves on the following committees:
- Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman
- Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
- Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
- Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
- Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
- Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
- Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
- Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
- Subcommittee on Energy
- United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
In a statement he stated "After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom."
Johnson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.
Johnson announced on March 25, 2013 that he will not run for re-election in 2014. He joins a growing list of incumbents not running for re-election in 2014.
The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.
Former two-term Gov. Mike Rounds (R) is likely to run for this seat South Dakota has been strongly Republican at the presidential level and increasingly so for other federal elections. However, South Dakota has a record of mixing partisan affiliations of its congressional delegation in Washington.
|U.S. Senate, South Dakota General Election, 2008|
|Democratic||Tim Johnson Incumbent||62.5%||237,889|
Comprehensive donor information for Johnson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Johnson raised a total of $13,395,649 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.
|Tim Johnson, South Dakota's Campaign Contribution History|
|2008||U.S. Senate (South Dakota)||$6,423,536|
|2002||U.S. Senate (South Dakota)||$6,972,113|
|Grand Total Raised||$13,395,649|
Johnson won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $6,423,536 and spent $5,595,062.
|U.S. Senate, South Dakota General Election, 2008 - Tim Johnson, South Dakota Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$906,630|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$905,366|
|Top contributors to Tim Johnson, South Dakota's campaign committee|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co||$58,095|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$296,691|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Johnson missed 399 of 5,170 roll call votes from January 1997 to April 2013. This amounts to 7.7%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Johnson paid his congressional staff a total of $2,723,199 in 2011. He ranks 22nd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 29th overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, South Dakota ranks 16th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
According to an analysis by CNN, Johnson is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Johnson's staff was given an apparent $33,371.67 in bonus money.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Johnson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $355,031 and $1,255,000. That averages to $805,015, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth decreased by 2.78% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Johnson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $372,035 and $1,284,000. That averages to $828,017.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.
National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Johnson was 1 of 2 members who ranked 77th in the liberal rankings in 2012.
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Johnson ranked 28th in the liberal rankings.
Percentage voting with party
The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Tim Johnson voted with the Democratic Party 94.9 of the time, which ranked 18 among the 52 Senate Democratic members in November 2011.
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- SD Senator Johnson comments on Oklahoma tornadoes - KTIV
- Dems face tough Senate battle as Herseth Sandlin bows out - MSNBC
- Dem primary fears ease in SD Senate race - The Hill (blog)
- Former sportscaster Pat O'Brien suggests interest in South Dakota Senate - The Hill (blog)
- Harry Reid, Tom Daschle feud over SD Senate seat - Politico
- First Democrat Enters South Dakota Senate Race - TPM
- South Dakota Senate Race: Will Stephanie Herseth Sandlin Run? - PolicyMic
- Obama nominates Senate aides to serve as SEC commissioners - Thomson Reuters News & Insight
- Man accused of threatening Sen. Tim Johnson to remain jailed - Rapid City Journal
- Dems' Senate campaigns marked by internal battles - Fox News
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Johnson and his wife, Barbara, have three children.
- BP News: South Dakota Senator announces plan to retire in 2014
- BP News: South Dakota Senator backs same-sex marriage
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- ↑ Argus Leader "Sen. Johnson announces retirement" Accessed March 27, 2013
- ↑ Gov Track "Tim Johnson," Accessed March 3, 2012
- ↑ Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Tim Johnson," Accessed November 4, 2011
- ↑ Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Talking Points Memo "Sen. Tim Johnson Endorses Gay Marriage" Accessed April 9, 2013
- ↑ Huffingtonpost.com "Gay Marriage Rights: The 10 Democratic Senators Who Still Say No" March 2013
- ↑ U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ Argus Leader "Sen. Johnson announces retirement" Accessed March 27, 2013
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Fiscal Times " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" Accessed February 15, 2013
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Donor history for Tim Johnson" Accessed April 25, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Tim Johnson 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
- ↑ GovTrack, "Johnson," Accessed April 11, 2013
- ↑ LegiStorm "Tim Johnson"
- ↑ CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," March 8, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Sessions, (R-Alabama), 2011"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Johnson, (D-SD), 2010"
- ↑ National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- ↑ National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- ↑ Open Congress "Voting With Party"
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