Born: September 28, 1939 in Orange County, CA
Married: Diane Morris (in 1968)
Children: Susan and Molly
Military Service: USN
Previous: President, Orange County Young Republicans
Previous: Legislative Aide, Assemblyman Jerry Lewis (five years)
Previous: Legislative Aide, State Senator James Whetmore
Previous: Chairman, Orange County Citizens for Law and Order
1988-1991: Minority Leader, California State Assembly
1988: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 3 to 40)
1990: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 32 to 48)
1995: Resigned from the State Assembly on May 11.
1997-1998: Minority Caucus Chair, California State Senate
1998-2000: Minority Leader, California State Senate
2007-2010: Chair, California Fair Political Practices Commission
- In 1995, Johnson was the target of two attempted recalls led by Jacob Spaargaren and 46 others. The recalls failed to qualify for the ballot.
- NOTE: As Chairman of the FPPC, Johnson led the effort to require officeholders to report in detail the purpose of each expenditure that they make, not just who the contribution was received from.
Source: California Assembly Handbook (1981), (1996)