William Leslie "Bill" Johnson (born November 10, 1954) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 6th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education, and business career
Johnson entered the United States Air Force in 1973, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a distinguished military career of more than 26 years. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in Troy, Alabama in 1979, and he earned his Master’s Degree from Georgia Tech in 1984. During his tenure in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Squadron Officers School, and Air Command & Staff College.
Bill is also a proud recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. As Director of the Air Force’s Chief Information Officer Staff at U.S. Special Operations Command, Johnson worked directly with senior congressional and Secretary of Defense representatives, as well as top leaders within the various U.S. intelligence communities, to ensure America’s Special Operations forces were adequately equipped to carry out critical national security missions.
He co-founded Johnson-Schley Management Group, an information technology (IT) consulting company that increased revenues by more than 200% in just three years under his leadership. In 2003, he left the company to form J2 Business Solutions, where he provided executive level IT support as a defense contractor to the U.S.
military. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Chief Information Officer of a global manufacturer of highly electronic components for the transportation industry.
U.S. House of Representatives
In May 2010, Johnson defeated two primary opponents to earn the Republican nomination. In the general election, Johnson won his bid by a 50.3-45.1% margin against incumbent Charlie Wilson. He began his term in the 112th United States Congress on January 3, 2011.
In November 2011, Wilson filed a rematch in the newly redrawn 6th District.
Political Positions and Votes
In the 2010 Ohio Primary Election Candidate Survey, Johnson stated, "I am pro-life, and I oppose abortion except in the case of rape, incest, and when the mother's life is in danger.
Additionally, I support parental notification and a ban on partial birth abortions." During his 2010 general election, Johnson received endorsement from the Ohio Right to Life PAC.
- Gun Issues
A lifelong member of the National Rifle Association, Johnson opposes restrictions on gun ownership.
- Health care
Johnson opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- Gay Marriage
Johnson opposes the legalization of gay marriage and believes that it “undermines the integrity of the American family.”
January 16th, 2011