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
Net worth$23,755,008
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]

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 were critical of 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.[6][7][8]

Johnson was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[9][10]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[11][12]

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."[13]



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).[14]

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.[15]


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.[16]

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.[17]


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.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

Recent news

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

External links


  1. Gov Track "Ron Johnson," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed October 17, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Seattle PI, "Wis. Sen. Ron Johnson endorses Mitt Romney," April 1, 2012
  5. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  7. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  8. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  9. The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
  10. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  11. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  12. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  15. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Wisconsin Senate," Accessed November 26, 2011
  16. LegiStorm "Ron Johnson"
  17., "Johnson, (R-Wisconsin), 2011"
  18., "Ron Johnson (R-WI), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Russ Feingold
U.S. Senate - Wisconsin
Succeeded by