Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)

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Ron Johnson
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U.S. Senate, Wisconsin
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
PredecessorRuss Feingold (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Minnesota
Date of birthApril 8, 1955
Place of birthMankato, MN
Office website
Campaign website
Ron Johnson (b. April 8, 1955) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Wisconsin. Johnson was first elected to the Senate in 2010.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Johnson is a "moderate Republican follower".[1]


After earning his bachelor's from the University of Minnesota, Johnson worked as an accountant for a couple years before starting a plastic sheeting business with his brother-in-law.[2] He worked in the business until becoming a U.S. senator.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Johnson serves on the following Senate committees[3]:


Johnson was a member of the following Senate committees[2]:

  • Committee on the Budget
  • Committe on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies
  • Special Committee on Aging
  • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
    • Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia


Presidential preference


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

Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Johnson 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.[5]



On November 2, 2010, Johnson won election to the U.S. Senate, defeating incumbent Russ Feingold (D), Rob Taylor (Constitution Party of Wisconsin), Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. (Write-in Republican), and Michael D. LaForest (Write-in Independent).[6]

U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Johnson 51.9% 1,125,999
     Democratic Russell D. Feingold Incumbent 47% 1,020,958
     Constitution Rob Taylor 1.1% 23,473
     Write-in Ernest J. Pagels, Jr. 0% 134
     Write-in Michael D. LaForest 0% 129
     None Scattering 0% 638
Total Votes 2,171,331

Campaign donors

Breakdown of the source of Johnson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Johnson won election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $15,235,898 and spent $15,043,252.[7]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Johnson paid his congressional staff a total of $1,427,919 in 2011. He ranks fourth on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks fourth overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranks 24th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[8]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Johnson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $8,767,016 and $38,743,000. That averages to $23,755,008, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 3.51% from 2010.[9]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Johnson's networth as of 2010 was estimated between $8,181,014 and $37,718,000. That averages to $22,949,507. The average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 was $7,054,258.[10]

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 in the previous year. Johnson ranked 2nd in the conservative rankings.[11]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Johnson voted with the Republican Party 88.1% of the time, which ranked 32 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[12]

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Johnson lives in Oshkosh, WI. He and his wife, Jane, have three children.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Russ Feingold
U.S. Senate - Wisconsin
Succeeded by