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Johnson received the endorsement of the Minnesota Republican Party and ''The Star-Tribune'' ahead of the Republican primary.<ref>[http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/269634181.html ''The Star Tribune,'' "Race for governor's office: Johnson carries weight of Republican Party's fate," August 2, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.startribune.com/opinion/editorials/269622391.html ''The Star Tribune,'' "Endorsement: Johnson in GOP primary for governor," August 1, 2014]</ref>

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Jeff Johnson
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Governor of Minnesota
Prior offices
Minnesota House of Representatives
High schoolDetroit Lakes High School
Bachelor'sConcordia College
J.D.Georgetown Law School
ProfessionHennepin County Commissioner
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Jeff Johnson is a current Hennepin County Commissioner and was a Republican candidate for Governor of Minnesota in the 2014 elections. He announced his bid for governor on May 5, 2013.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Johnson was first elected Hennepin County Commissioner in 2008 and won re-election in 2012. He previously served as a Republican member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 2006, he ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General of Minnesota.[1]


Johnson was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. After graduating from Georgetown Law School in 1992, Johnson worked for several law firms and for Cargill, Inc. He founded Midwest Employment Resources after leaving Cargill, Inc.[2]


  • Detroit Lakes High School (1985)
  • Bachelor's from Concordia College (1989)
  • J.D. from Georgetown Law School (1992)



See also: Minnesota gubernatorial election, 2014

Johnson ran for election as Governor of Minnesota. Johnson sought the Republican nomination in the open primary election along with lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Bill Kuisle. Current incumbent Mark Dayton, a Democrat first elected governor in 2010, will run for a second term in 2014.[3]

The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle 30.3% 55,836
Kurt Zellers/Dean Simpson 23.9% 44,046
Marty Seifert/Pam Myhra 21.1% 38,851
Scott Honour/Karin Housley 20.8% 38,377
Merrill Anderson/Mark Anderson 3.8% 7,000
Total Votes 184,110
Election Results via Minnesota Secretary of State.


Campaign themes

Johnson's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

Minnesota is the greatest place to live in America. That’s why Sondi and I came back to our home state after spending a few years away after college graduation. We wanted to start our careers here, serve our communities here and raise our kids here.

I’m very concerned about the direction our state is headed right now. I worry that Minnesota’s greatness is in jeopardy.

Here are the issues I’m most concerned with in the State of Minnesota:

Taxes are a necessary evil, but they are simply too high in Minnesota.

Governor Dayton’s appetite for higher taxes goes hand in hand with his desire to push government programs and regulation into every corner of our lives.

I believe we need to cut taxes and reduce the size and scope of government. We also need to stop wasting the taxpayers’ money. I will initiate a top-to-bottom audit of the programs that Minnesota taxpayers fund. We will celebrate those that can prove they produce the results we claim to want; we will end those that cannot.

From the first day I am in office to the day I leave, I will work to put government back into its place as a servant of the citizens, not their master.

K-12 Education
I believe that parents, NOT the state or the education unions, are the best decision-makers when it comes to the education of a child.

Minnesota has the highest achievement gap between white students and students of color in the nation. That is shameful and I will take that issue head-on. We need to hit the reset button and make our education system work for every child.

To do this we must reform our system to have the money follow the child to any school option their parents choose as the best choice for their child.

I also believe that the federal government has no business in our K-12 education decisions in Minnesota and will reject programs like Common Core and No Child Left Behind. The strings attached to federal money for such programs are much more costly to our children and our state’s bottom line than whatever the federal government provides.

Health Care
MNSure, Governor Dayton’s version of Obamacare, is a disaster and should be repealed. Patients consulting with their doctors, not government bureaucrats or insurance companies, should make their own health care decisions. When government stands between people and their doctors, nothing good will come of it.

Government has been messing up health care for decades, and Obamacare will break the system altogether if we don’t get rid of it. I will work to eliminate MNsure and move toward a market-based healthcare system in Minnesota where consumers have more options and government is not making decisions for patients and doctors.

Family Issues
I believe that parents know best how to raise their children and that government should not undermine their right to do so.

I am Pro-Life and believe in the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. I also support traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

Our main focus should be on that form of transportation upon which every Minnesotan relies – roads and bridges. When making transportation funding decisions, I will focus first on the infrastructure we already have in place to make certain it is adequate, safe and in good repair.

Where alternative modes of transportation are necessary, I will focus on bus systems over the poor investment of rail or streetcars. Finally, I will base my transportation bonding decisions (at least in the Metro) on projects that relieve congestion and provide mobility to the citizens of Minnesota.

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Minnesota’s economy was largely built on agriculture and our natural resources.

Farming, logging, and mining provide the rock-solid foundation upon which many other industries have been built.

Unfortunately, government is getting in the way of people who work the land. Excessive government regulations and bureaucracy too often harass farmers, cause miners to lose jobs, and loggers are often treated as pariahs.

I grew up in rural Minnesota. I know what a blessing our natural resources are. I believe the people whose livelihood depends upon using those natural resources are better stewards of the land than any bureaucrat in St Paul.

Second Amendment
The United States Constitution is unequivocal: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

What could be clearer than that? Self-defense is a fundamental individual right. The democrats’ desire to create new “gun control” restrictions on law-abiding citizens will only leave guns in the hands of criminals. I will protect your second amendment rights.

The Constitution
The state and federal constitutions are not lists of suggestions, but the concrete operating rules for our government.

I view the Constitution as my job description as governor. That means that the right to be free means the right to be free, the right to religious liberty means the right to religious liberty and the right to bear arms means the right to bear arms.

Specifically, the Minnesota Constitution makes clear that the legislature can’t pass “omnibus” bills covering more than one subject—and I will enforce that by vetoing any bill that bundles unrelated issues into a garbage bill. People should know what their legislators are voting for and be able to hold them accountable.

Metropolitan Council
There has been a lot of talk (and promises) about the Met Council in the race for governor.

As I have said repeatedly since day one in this race, I could not agree more with the idea of disbanding the Met Council. I do believe that it should be replaced with a limited regional body (without taxing authority) to coordinate sewer and water service lines and possibly an integrated bus service, but elimination of the current body will always be the first goal.

If I were to make the campaign promise “I will eliminate the Met Council,” however, I would be more than a bit disingenuous. The governor cannot disband the Met Council without a vote of the legislature and that is not going to happen with a DFL Senate, which is not up for reelection until 2016.

So, better than a promise impossible to keep is a plan. I will first always work toward elimination of the Met Council, but understanding the political will won’t be there for at least two years to do so, I will 1) remove every member of the organization and appoint members who share my vision of the very limited role of the agency; 2) support structural reforms that dramatically scale back the scope of Met Council activities and remove its authority to tax; and 3) use the “bully pulpit” of the governor’s office to educate Minnesotans about the benefits of local control versus big government mandates, and the importance of sovereignty and private property.

Angry rhetoric by candidates about the Met Council is fine, but I’m on the ground fighting the Met Council every single day on the Hennepin County Board. I know first-hand the damage that organization does and will work aggressively as governor to close it down. I will never, however, knowingly make a promise that I cannot keep.


—Jeff Johnson's campaign website, (2014), [5]


Johnson was re-elected Hennepin County Commissioner in 2012.[2]


Johnson was elected Hennepin county Commissioner in 2008.[2]


Johnson ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General of Minnesota.[1]


Johnson was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2000. He was elected Assistant Majority Leader. He also served as Chairman of the Civil Law and Elections Committee and the House Republican Steering Committee.[2]


Johnson is married to Sondi Johnson. They live in Plymouth, Minnesota with their two sons, Thor and Rolf.[2]

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