Ronald Harold "Ron" Johnson (born April 8, 1955) is the junior United States Senator for Wisconsin, and a member of the Republican Party. and is associated with the Tea party movement.He is the chief executive officer of PACUR, LLC, a polyester and plastics manufacturer.
Johnson was born in Mankato, Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he married Jane, the daughter of the businessman Howard Curler, co-founder of Curwod Industries, now part of the multinational Bemis Company. Her brother, Jeff Curler, is Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Bemis.Johnson worked as an accountant for Jostens, a school class ring and yearbook supplier, while attending night school for an MBA. He completed his classes, but did not receive his degree because he did not finish his thesis.
In 1979, he moved to Wisconsin with his wife, and started PACUR, LLC, a custom sheet extruder company, with his brother-in-law, Patrick Curler, for whom the company is named.For nearly one year, Johnson worked as the accountant and as a machine operator, trading 12-hour shifts with his brother-in-law. The company later expanded into the area of medical device packaging which involved hiring salespeople and exporting products to other countries.
Johnson managed the sales as well as the financial aspects of the business, and ultimately purchased the company outright.
The 2010 U.S. Senate campaign was Johnson's first run for elective office. As of November 1, 2010, Johnson had contributed more than $8.2 million to his own campaign, representing 64% of total campaign contributions. In June 2011, Johnson's financial disclosures showed Pacur, where he was CEO for 13 years until elected to the Senate, had paid him $10 million in deferred compensation in early 2011. Johnson said that he, as CEO, had personally determined the dollar amount, which was "totally unrelated" to the almost $9 million that he had given to his campaign.
Johnson opposed a Wisconsin bill that would have eliminated the time limit for future child, sex abuse victims to bring lawsuits and allowed an additional three years for past victims to sue.
Ron Johnson has strongly opposed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as a candidate. He has supported broad reduction in federal tax rates, simplifying regulations on business and free-market health care solutions. Johnson is opposed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Johnson is opposed to same-sex marriage and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell". He opposes abortion but would allow it in cases of incest, rape, or when the mother's life is in danger. Johnson appeared in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Tea Party rally for Tax Day, April 15, 2010.
Johnson and his wife Jane have three children, who are all graduates of the University of Wisconsin.
June 13th, 2011