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Christine Johnson
Christine Johnson.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 35
Former member
In office
February 14, 2011 - 2013
PartyRepublican
Education
High schoolIndian Creek High School
Bachelor'sNorthern Illinois University
Personal
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Christine Johnson is a former Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 35 from February 14, 2011 to January 2013. In 2011, she replaced retiring senator J. Bradley Burzynski.[1] She will serve out the remainder of his term. Johnson had previously served as Treasurer of DeKalb County since 1994.[2]

Johnson earned her BA from Northern Illinois University.

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Johnson served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Special Issues (Licensed Activities)

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Johnson's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Budget and Tax Increase
Excerpt: "I am opposed to tax increases that place additional financial burdens on our citizens and drive businesses out of Illinois."
  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "I have co-sponsored legislation to repeal the tax increase enacted in January, 2011 on businesses."
  • Cuts and Reforms
Excerpt: "There are a number of cuts that have already been made, such as a reduction in the number of state-paid electronic devices and the number of vehicles in the state fleet."
  • Legislators as Lobbyists
Excerpt: "I would support legislation banning elected state officials from taking jobs in state government until at least five years after they leave office."
  • Pension System Reform
Excerpt: "The current pension system, with its $85 billion deficit, is not sustainable."
  • Second Amendment Rights
Excerpt: "As a life member of the NRA, I support the second amendment rights of our citizens to own and carry firearms."
  • Gambling and Casino Expansion
Excerpt: "I do not believe that the expansion of gambling is a reliable source of revenue."
  • Pro-life
Excerpt: "I believe that life begins at conception and is sacred -- not only for the unborn, but throughout a person's life."
  • Marriage
Excerpt: "I had not yet been appointed to the Senate for the vote on civil unions. Had I been, I would have voted against them."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I serve as the Minority Spokesperson on the Higher Education committee, and am on the Education Committee as well as the P-20 Council on Education. The education of our children is very important to me."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "We owe our nation's veterans a debt of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy every day. They have sacrificed for us, protected and defended us."
  • Community Ties
Excerpt: "My husband Jim and I have lived in this area our whole lives. I was born in Rockford, my mother grew up in Loves Park and my grandparents lived here."

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Johnson ran for re-election to District 35 of the Senate in the 2012. Johnson was defeated by incumbent Dave Syverson in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[4][5][6]

Illinois State Senate Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Syverson Incumbent 57.6% 14,368
Christine J. Johnson Incumbent 42.4% 10,592
Total Votes 24,960

Endorsements

Johnson was endorsed by Family-Pac.[7]

Scorecards

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[8][9]

2012

Johnson received a score of 87.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of A- according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 13th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[9]

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Personal

Johnson and her husband, Jim, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
J. Bradley Burzynski (D)
Illinois Senate District 35
February 14, 2011–2013
Succeeded by
Dave Syverson (R)