|Michigan House of Representatives District 97|
|January 1. 2011-Present|
|January 1, 2013|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|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 "
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Johnson has been appointed to these committees:
Johnson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 7. The general election was November 6.
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|
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