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Mike Johanns
Mike Johanns.jpg
U.S. Senate, Nebraska
In office
January 3, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
PredecessorChuck Hagel (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,907,749
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States Secretary of Agriculture
January 21, 2005 – September 20, 2007
Governor of Nebraska
January 7, 1999 – January 20, 2005
Mayor of Lincoln
Lincoln City Council
Lancaster County Board
Bachelor'sSt. Mary's University
J.D.Creighton University
Date of birthJune 18, 1950
Place of birthOsage, Iowa
Net worth$4,360,518
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Michael Owen "Mike" Johanns (b. June 18, 1950, in Osage, Iowa) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Nebraska. Johanns was first elected to the Senate in 2009. On February 18, 2013, he announced that he would not run for re-election in the 2014 Senatorial election.[1]

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Johanns served in President George W. Bush's cabinet from 2005-2009 as the Secretary of Agriculture.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Johanns is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Johanns was born in Osage, Iowa, and grew up living and working on his family's farm. After graduating from high school, Johanns went on to study at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona. He earned a law degree from Creighton University.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Johanns's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1989-1991: Lincoln City Council
  • 1991-1998: Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1999-2005: Governor of Nebraska
  • 2005-2009: Secretary of Agriculture in the Cabinet of President George W. Bush

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Johanns serves on the following Senate committees[4]:

  • Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security
    • Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth and Energy Innovation
    • Subcommittee on Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management
  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs
  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Economic Policy
  • United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Members


Johanns served on the following committees:[5]

  • Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
  • Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health (Ranking Member)
  • Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection and Price Support
  • Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
    • Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
    • Subcommittee on Science and Space
    • Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
  • Impeachment Trial Committee on the Articles against Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr.


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Johanns's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "No" Johanns voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[8]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[9][10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, Johanns was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[14]


No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" Johanns voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[15]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Johanns voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[17]


Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "Yes" Johanns voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[18]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "No" Johanns voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Johanns 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.[20]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mike Johanns endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [21]



See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Johanns is not running for re-election.[1]


On November 4, 2008, Johanns was elected to the United States Senate. He defeated Scott Kleeb (D), Kelly Renee Rosberg (Nebraska) and Steve Larrick (Green).[22]

U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Johanns 57.5% 455,854
     Democratic Scott Kleeb 40.1% 317,456
     Nebraska Kelly Renee Rosberg 1.4% 11,438
     Green Steven R. Larrick 1% 7,763
Total Votes 792,511

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Johanns is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Johanns raised a total of $3,907,749 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[23]

Mike Johanns's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (Nebraska) Won $3,907,749
Grand Total Raised $3,907,749


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Johanns' reports.[24]

Mike Johanns 2014 Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]4/08/2013$258,400.33$21,782.48$(76,649.07)$20,533.74
July Quarterly[26]7/12/2013$20,533.74$58.64$(14,509.05)$189,083.33
October Quarterly[27]10/11/2013$189,083.33$45.84$(11,730.68)$177,398.49
Running totals


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[28]

Johanns most often votes with:

Johanns least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Johanns is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of July 1, 2013.[29]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Johanns missed 33 of 1,278 roll call votes from Jan 2009 to Apr 2013, which is 2.6% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[30]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Johanns paid his congressional staff a total of $2,287,429 in 2011. He ranked 18th on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 24th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Nebraska ranked 38th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[31]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Johanns' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,186,034 and $6,043,001. That averages to $4,614,517.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Johanns ranked as the 31st most wealthy senator in 2012.[32]

Roger Wicker Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, Johanns was ranked the 39th most conservative senator during 2012.[33]


According to the data released in 2012, Mike Johanns was ranked the 39th most conservative senator during 2011.[34]

Voting with party


Mike Johanns voted with the Republican Party 86.6% of the time, which ranked 27th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[35]

Recent news

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All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Johanns is married to Stephanie Johanns, a former Lancaster County Commissioner and Nebraska State Senator. They have two children and five grandchildren.[36]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 NY Times.com "Republican Senator From Nebraska Won’t Run in 2014" accessed February 18, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Johanns," accessed July 1, 2013
  3. Wikipedia "Mike Johanns"
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Official Senate Page of Mike Johanns "Committee Assignments for Senator Johanns"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  9. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  11. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  12. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  13. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  20. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" accessed January 4, 2013
  21. CBS News, "Nebraska's Johanns to endorse Romney," December 21, 2011
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets, "Donor history for Mike Johanns" April 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Johanns 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  25. FEC "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  26. FEC "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  27. FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 30 2013
  28. OpenCongress, "Mike Johanns," accessed August 8, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Mike Johanns," accessed July 1, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Mike Johanns" accessed April 2013
  31. LegiStorm, "Mike Johanns"
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Johanns, (R-NE), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  33. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  34. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  36. Wikipedia "Mike Johanns"
Political offices
Preceded by
Chuck Hagel
U.S. Senate - Nebraska
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ann Veneman
United States Secretary of Agriculture
Succeeded by
Ed Schafer
Preceded by
Ben Nelson
Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Dave Heineman
Preceded by
Bill Harris
Mayor of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Dale Young
Preceded by
Lincoln City Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Lancaster County Board
Succeeded by