Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)
|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Russ Feingold (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||University of Minnesota|
|Date of birth||April 8, 1955|
|Place of birth||Mankato, MN|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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. He worked in the business until becoming a U.S. senator.
Johnson serves on the following Senate committees:
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Science and Space
- Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Committee on Foreign Relations
- The Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
- The Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women's Issues
- The Subcommittee on European Affairs Ranking Member
- The Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
- Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
- Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight
- Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
- Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Johnson was a member of the following Senate committees:
- 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
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.
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.
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."
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).
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.
|U.S. Senate, Wisconsin, 2010 - Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$20,803,357|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$20,342,208|
|Top contributors to Ron Johnson (Wisconsin)'s campaign committee|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Congressional Staff Salaries
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
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 was 1 of 2 members who ranked 22nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.
- 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.
Percentage voting with party
Johnson voted with the Republican Party 88.1% of the time, which ranked 32 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.
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Johnson lives in Oshkosh, WI. He and his wife, Jane, have three children.
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- Gov Track "Ron Johnson," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Official Senate website "Biography," Accessed October 17, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- Seattle PI, "Wis. Sen. Ron Johnson endorses Mitt Romney," April 1, 2012
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- 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
- Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Open Secrets "2010 Race: Wisconsin Senate," Accessed November 26, 2011
- LegiStorm "Ron Johnson"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Johnson, (R-Wisconsin), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Ron Johnson (R-WI), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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