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The U.S. Senator from South Dakota since 1997 and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs since 2011.
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ENG: Timothy Peter "Tim" Johnson (born December 28, 1946) is the senior U.S. Senator from South Dakota, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served as the U.S. Representative for South Dakota's At-large congressional district from 1987 to 1997, and in the state legislature from 1979 to 1986. Early life Tim Johnson was born in Canton, South Dakota to Ruth Jorinda Ljostveit and Vandel Charles Johnson.Raised in Vermillion, Johnson earned a B.A. in 1969 and an M.A. in 1970 from the University of South Dakota, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After doing post-graduate studies at Michigan State University from 1970 to 1971 during which time he worked for the Michigan State Senate, he earned his J.D. from the University of South ...
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Sen. Tim Johnson Lays Out Senate Banking Committee’s Agenda

Sen.Tim Johnson, D-S.D., chairman of theSenate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, says that among his Committee’s top oversight issues for the 112th Congress will be: the Dodd-Frank Act; theSecurities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) funding, the SEC’s “effectiveness”, and the agency’s whistleblower program; housing finance reform—including restructuring the GSEs; the state of the municipal securities market; credit ratings agencies; theConsumer Financial Protection Bureau; and the newFederal Insurance Office. Those issues and ...

Senate Bank.Commit. chairman Johnson hits Paul Ryan budget

The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee attacked Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan on Wednesday, saying it would weaken the Wall Street reform law passed last year by repealing a provision meant to break up “too-big-to-fail” banks. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) sharply criticized provisions that take direct shots at the Dodd-Frank law, which Ryan dismisses as “not reform.” Ryan’s plan calls for repealing a measure that allows the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to step in and wind down failing big banks as well as language that grants the Financial ...

Sen. Tim Johnson to Head Banking Committee

Sen. Tim Johnson (D., S.D.) is the new chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski keeps her committee posts after defying Republican leaders to defeat the GOP nominee in the midterm elections. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat known for a campaign commercial in which he shot a bullet through a cap-and-trade bill, got a a seat on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee. And Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke can breathe a sigh of relief that first-year Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), a tea party favorite, isn’t on the panel that oversees the central bank. Those ...

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Johnson Delivers Farewell Address on Senate Floor
Today, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) delivered his Farewell Address on the Senate Floor. Below is Johnson’s statement as prepared for delivery: “In 1986 the people of South Dakota elected me to serve them in the 100th Session of the United States Congress, in the House of Representatives, and in 1996 they gave me the honor and privilege of being their junior Senator. “When I ran for the House in 1986, I told the people of South Dakota that neither party has all the answers, and that both parties have good ideas, as well as men and women of good wi...
Johnson: Omnibus Appropriations Agreement Keeps D.C. Booth Fish Hatchery Open In Spearfish
U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today announced that the omnibus appropriations agreement includes a provision to ensure that the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives will remain open in Spearfish.  As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Johnson requested the provision be included to keep the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s national fisheries archives at D.C. Booth.  “I’m extremely pleased that the omnibus appropriations bill includes this provision to keep D.C. Booth open and ensure the national fisheries archives remai...
Johnson Statement on Omnibus Appropriations Agreement
U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement on the Omnibus Appropriations agreement. “The best news about the omnibus appropriations agreement is that there will be no government shutdown.  Tucked into the bill is good news for South Dakota.  The Lewis and Clark Regional Water System will receive $2.4 million, and the project will be able to compete for a portion of $31 million in additional funding for rural water. The bill also ensures that the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery & Archives will remain open in Spearfi...
Johnson Statement on CIA Torture Report
U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) released the following statement on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices. "Today’s release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices was the right thing to do. The American people deserve to know the truth – that the CIA tortured detainees during the Bush Administration using interrogation practices contrary to our American values. We are stronger as a nation when we admit our mistakes, learn from the past, and move forward.  I strongly belie...

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