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Tim Johnson
Tim Johnson.jpg
U.S. Senate, South Dakota
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorLarry L. Pressler (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next general November 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, U. S. House of Representatives
1987-1996
Senator, South Dakota Senate
1983-1986
Representative, South Dakota House of Representatives
1979-1982
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Dakota, 1969
Master'sUniversity of South Dakota, 1970
J.D.University of South Dakota, 1975
Military service
Service/branchArmy
Years of service1969
Personal
BirthdayDecember 28, 1946
Place of birthCanton, SD
Net worth$805,015
Websites
Office website
Tim Johnson (b. December 28, 1946) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of South Dakota. Johnson was first elected to the Senate in 1996. On March 25, 2013 he announced that he will not run for re-election in 2014. He joins a growing list of incumbents not running for re-election in 2014.[1]

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Johnson served ten years in the U.S. House of Representatives.[2]

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

Career

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

  • 1969: Received his B.A. from University of South Dakota
  • 1970: Received his M.A. from University of South Dakota
  • 1975: Received his J.D. from University of South Dakota
  • 1971-1972: Served as budget advisor, Michigan Senate
  • 1975: Began practicing law in Vermillion, S.D.
  • 1979-1982: Served as a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
  • 1983-1986: Served as a member of the South Dakota Senate
  • 1985: Served as Clay County deputy State’s attorney
  • 1987-1997: Served as a Democrat in the U.S. Congress
  • 1997-Present: U.S Senator from South Dakota

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Johnson serves on the following committees[3]:

  • Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman
    • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
    • Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Members
    • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
    • Subcommittee on Department of Defense
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Energy and Natural Resources
    • Subcommittee on Water and Power
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
    • Subcommittee on Energy
  • United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

2011-2012

Johnson served on the following Senate committees:

Issue

Political Positions

Gay Marriage

Johnson switched from his previous opposition of same-sex marriage to endorsing it on April 8, 2013.[4][5]

In a statement he stated "After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom."[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.[6]

Elections

2014

Johnson announced on March 25, 2013 that he will not run for re-election in 2014.[7] He joins a growing list of incumbents not running for re-election in 2014.

The FiscalTimes compiled a list of the seven most vulnerable Senate seats up for election in 2014. The seven included in the list are: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Going into the 2014 election, all seven seats are held by Democrats.[8]

Former two-term Gov. Mike Rounds (R) is likely to run for this seat[8] South Dakota has been strongly Republican at the presidential level and increasingly so for other federal elections. However, South Dakota has a record of mixing partisan affiliations of its congressional delegation in Washington.[8]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Johnson is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Johnson raised a total of $13,395,649 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.[12]

Tim Johnson, South Dakota's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 U.S. Senate (South Dakota) Won $6,423,536
2002 U.S. Senate (South Dakota) Won $6,972,113
Grand Total Raised $13,395,649

2008

Johnson won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $6,423,536 and spent $5,595,062.[13]


Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Johnson is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of July 2, 2013.[14]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Johnson missed 399 of 5,170 roll call votes from January 1997 to April 2013. This amounts to 7.7%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.[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 $2,723,199 in 2011. He ranks 22nd on the list of the highest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 29th overall of the highest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, South Dakota ranks 16th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[16]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Johnson is one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Johnson's staff was given an apparent $33,371.67 in bonus money.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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 $355,031 and $1,255,000. That averages to $805,015, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. His average net worth decreased by 2.78% from 2010.[18]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Johnson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $372,035 and $1,284,000. That averages to $828,017.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.[19]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

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 liberal rankings in 2012.[20]

2011

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 28th in the liberal rankings.[21]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Tim Johnson voted with the Democratic Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 22nd among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[22]

Recent news

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Personal

Johnson and his wife, Barbara, have three children.

See also

External links


References

  1. Argus Leader "Sen. Johnson announces retirement" Accessed March 27, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Tim Johnson," Accessed November 4, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 18, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Talking Points Memo "Sen. Tim Johnson Endorses Gay Marriage" Accessed April 9, 2013
  5. Huffingtonpost.com "Gay Marriage Rights: The 10 Democratic Senators Who Still Say No" March 2013
  6. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Argus Leader "Sen. Johnson announces retirement" Accessed March 27, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Fiscal Times " 7 Senate Seats Most at Risk—Hint: They’re All Blue" Accessed February 15, 2013
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Open Secrets "Donor history for Tim Johnson" Accessed April 25, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Tim Johnson 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
  14. Gov Track "Johnson," Accessed July 2, 2013
  15. GovTrack, "Johnson," Accessed April 11, 2013
  16. LegiStorm "Tim Johnson"
  17. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Sessions, (R-Alabama), 2011"
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Johnson, (D-SD), 2010"
  20. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Larry Pressler
U.S. Senate - South Dakota
1997-Present
Succeeded by
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