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Joel Johnson
Joel Johnson.jpg
Michigan House of Representatives District 97
In office
January 1. 2011-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Campaign website
Joel Johnson is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 97 since January 1, 2011.

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.


Campaign Themes

Johnson's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • 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 "

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Johnson has been appointed to these committees:



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 97, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Johnson Incumbent 61.8% 23,295
     Democratic Chris Breznau 38.2% 14,387
Total Votes 37,682


See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

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)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Johnson (R) 16,818
Mark Lightfoot (D) 10,657
Brandon Dickhausen (L) 1,392

Campaign donors


In 2010, Johnson raised $71,333 in contributions. [3]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Johnson, Joel $7,254
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.[4]

January 2011 - March 2012

Joel Johnson received a 83% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[4]


Johnson and his wife Dawn have four children.

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