|Senior U.S. Senator from Wisconsin|
From: January 3, 2011 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Ronald Harold "Ron" Johnson (born April 8, 1955) is an Oshkosh businessman and a populist, mostly conservative Republican United States Senator from Wisconsin. He defeated incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold in the 2010 election, and then defeated him again six years later in a stunning upset compared with polling. Johnson ran ahead of Donald Trump in Wisconsin 2016 by 74,000 votes and thereby helped him unexpectedly carry that state by less than 23,000 votes.
Early life and education
Johnson was born on April 8, 1955 in Mankato, Minnesota. He graduated with a B.S. from the University of Minnesota in 1977, and he studied business administration at the same university from 1977-79 without earning a degree.
In 1979, Johnson moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin to start a business with his wife's brother. His company, PACUR, is a plastics manufacturer, and it was very successful, making Johnson a millionaire by the 2010 elections.
Johnson, who had never before held public office or even visited D.C., defeated liberal Democrat incumbent Senator Russ Feingold by a remarkable margin of 51.9% to 47%. In the same election, conservative Republican Scott Walker was elected Wisconsin governor, and the GOP took majorities in the U.S. House delegation and both houses of the state legislature.
Johnson ran for re-election, being challenged again by Feingold. Feingold was widely expected to win as he consistently led in the polls and raised more money than Johnson. However, in a surprise upset, Johnson won the election with 50.17 percent of the vote. Johnson publicly supported Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump despite the fact that other swing state Republicans were abandoning the nominee. He became "the first Wisconsin Republican to win a U.S. Senate race in a presidential election since Bob Kasten in 1980."
In addition to Johnson's victory, Trump, who also won the national election, won Wisconsin in an equally surprising upset, becoming the first Republican to do so since 1984. Also, the state GOP won historic victories in the state legislature, building their largest majorities since 1957.
His credentials are subject to question since he made statements wrongfully condemning Todd Akin. This statement earned him a place with the RINO Backers. A recent comment by him indicates that he has become another pawn of powerful homosexual activist groups. Despite this, he does have a strongly conservative record and has stated that he would not compromise his conservative views for his 2016 re-election, even though he is in a blue state.
Investigation into Hunter Biden
- See also: Biden-Ukraine scandal
It was announced on February 6, 2020 that Johnson, along with senator Chuck Grassley, were seeking Hunter Biden's travel information. Johnson later sought a subpoena relevant to the investigative probe into the Biden/Burisma connections, although this was met with opposition by partisan Democrats such as Gary Peters. Two days later, as reported by The Daily Caller, the Senate Homeland Security Committee chaired by Johnson was expected to soon release a report on the panel's findings, though a month later in mid-April 2020, Johnson announced his plan for a summer release due to the U.S. Congress being primarily focused on the coronavirus outbreak. The senator also postponed the vote for a subpoena on the matter. Johnson's efforts were met with strong opposition from liberal Democrats who hypocritically called the investigation “politically motivated”. In addition, skeptical of the investigative probe was Republican SSCI-chairing Deep stater Richard Burr, who said that it could “aid Russian efforts.”
It was announced on May 21, 2020 that Sen. Johnson's subpoena of the U.S. firm that lobbied for Burisma was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, with a party-line vote that included even anti-Trump RINO Mitt Romney being enough to secure the probe's furthering investigations.
Johnson lives in Oshkosh with his wife, Jane, and together they have three children.
- Profile at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Senate website
- Facebook page
- Twitter page
- YouTube channel
- Flickr page
- JOHNSON, Ron, (1955 - ). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- Johnson was endorsed by the Tea Party and the Senate Conservatives Fund.
- Biography. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- Catanese, David (July 6, 2010). Johnson balances GOP, tea party. Politico. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- Sandler, Larry (August 1, 2013). The Rise of Ron Johnson. Milwaukee Magazine. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- Government Accountability Canvas Reporting System, 2010 Election Results. State of Wisconsin. Pg. 2. December 8, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- Wisconsin: GOP wins Senate, House, gov. seats, ousting Feingold. USA Today (from AP). November 3, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- Stein, Jason & Johnson, Annysa (November 3, 2010). Republicans take over state Senate, Assembly. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- Meyer, Theodoric (November 9, 2016). Johnson upsets Feingold to keep Wisconsin Senate seat. Politico. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- Schoffstall, Joe (November 8, 2016). Sen. Ron Johnson Upsets Russ Feingold In Wisconsin. The Washington Free Bacon. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- WEC Canvass Reporting System - Canvass Results for 2016 General Election. elections.wi.gov. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
- DeLong, Katie (November 1, 2016). Ron Johnson, Scott Walker to campaign with Trump in Eau Claire, Pence dropped from event. Fox6Now.com. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- Johnson, Shawn (November 10, 2016). Trump's Wisconsin Win Leaves Many Wondering What Happened. Wisconsin Public Radio. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
- Bauer, Scott (November 9, 2016). Republicans build majorities in Legislature. The Charlotte Observer (from AP). Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- Kueppers, Courtney (November 8, 2016). Trump Becomes First Republican Presidential Candidate Since 1984 To Win Wisconsin. Wisconsin Public Radio. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- Marley, Patrick & Stein, Jason (November 9, 2016). GOP strengthens hold on Legislature. Sheboygan Press. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
- Scott, Dylan (June 24, 2014). GOP Senator: 'I'm Not Going To Oppose' Gay Marriage If Voters Want It. talkingpointsmemo.com. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- Bolton, Alexander (February 10, 2015). Targeted GOP Senator: 'I Will Never Vote With My Reelecton in Mind. The Hill. Retrieved November 6, 2016.
- Sens. Grassley, Johnson Request Hunter Biden Travel Records
- Top GOP senator seeks subpoena for witness related to probe into Ukraine and Biden
- Senate Panel Will Soon Release A Report on Biden-Burisma Connections
- Two references:
- Ron Johnson Postpones Vote for Burisma-Biden Probe Subpoena
- Ron Johnson’s Subpoena in Biden-Burisma Probe Approved by Party-Line Vote