This article will answer every question you have about Ron Johnson. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him.
- What does Ron Johnson do for a living?
- Who are Ron Johnson’s parents and siblings?
- What are Ron Johnson’s interests and hobbies?
- Is Ron Johnson married or does he have a Girlfriend?
- Does Ron Johnson have any children?
- Where is Ron Johnson now?
- How tall is Ron Johnson?
- How much money does Ron Johnson earn?
- What is Ron Johnson’s net worth?
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Who is Ron Johnson?
Ron Johnson is an American businessman and politician serving as Wisconsin’s senior United States Senator as well as a member of the Republican Party. Johnson was elected to the Senate defeating Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold in 2010.
He was then reelected in 2016 defeating Feingold again. Johnson was chief executive officer of a plastics and polyester manufacturing company founded by his brother in law before joining politics.
In 1979, Johnson together with his wife, Jane moved to Oshkosh where they started working with Jane’s brother, Pat Curler at his sheet extruder company. The name of the company was PACUR. Curler established the company using funding from his father’s, Howard Curler, and his own money. Howard has been the chief executive officer of the Bemis Company which is a giant plastic company since 1978. Interestingly, Bemis was PACUR’s only customer for the first several years of its existence.
Johnson worked as PACUR’s machine operator and accountant. The company later turned to speciality plastics used in packaging of medical devices. It also started hiring salespersons and exporting products to other countries. Johnson became the CEO after Pat Curler left PACUR in the mid-1980s. Later in 1987, the Curler family sold the company to Bowater Industries for a total sum of $18 million. However, Johnson bought PACUR back from Bowater in 1997 where he remained the CEO until he joined the Senate in 2010.
Johnson first ran for elected office in 2010 when he vied for the U.S Senate. He had no history in politics which caused him to be described as a political blank slate. He also attracted the interest of the Tea Party Movement when he gave two emotionally moving speeches at one of their rallies. The Republican primary, Johnson ran a hugely financed campaign where he defeated Watertown businessman Dave Westlake and Stephen Flake with 85% on September 14, 2010.
While still a candidate, Johnson opposed the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. He started his campaign by saying to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the United States would be better not spending any money but instead let the recovery happen. In addition, the newspaper reported in 2009 that the education council that Johnson led considered applying for stimulus money but in the long run elected not to.
In 2010, Johnson raised $15.2 for his Senate campaign $9 million of which was his own money. His financial disclosures revealed that PACUR had paid him $10 million in compensation in June 2011. The compensation scattered for the duration between 1997 to 2011 after which he took no salary from PACUR. As CEO, he also said that he had personally decided on the dollar amount. It was also unrelated to the donations he had made for his campaign.
In March 2013, Johnson made an announcement that he would run for reelection in 2016. He was endorsed again by the Club for Growth which was a fiscally conservative group. He also said that he would not finance he reelection bid individually. The Washington Post rated Johnson in December 2014 as the most vulnerable incumbent U.S Senator in the elections held in 2016. Johnson would face against Feingold after he announced in May 2015 that he would fight for the Senate seat, back.
Ron Johnson’s Political Position
Johnson is a firm supporter of Donald Trump. He authorised several investigations into Trump’s political opponents using his position as chairman of Senate Homeland Security Committee. Also, he rejects the scientific consensus involving climate change including referring to scientists who attribute global warming to human activities to be “insane”. In addition, he co-sponsored the Energy Tax Prevention Act which would prevent the EPA from setting new rules on carbon emissions. Johnson greatly opposes abortion with exceptions to cases of rape and incest or the time the life of the mother is in danger. He also supported Trump’s decision to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (CADA). He claimed that CADA was unconstitutional and that it gave an incentive to children from Central America to risk their lives to enter the U.S illegally.
During Obama’s time, Johnson was a fiscal advocate who fought for federal spending cuts. In Trump’s period, he defended increasing of tax claiming that the government reduced the deficit. Johnson is also a large supporter of gun rights. He is also a co-sponsor of a bill aimed at prohibiting the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloguing the buying of a big number of rifles and guns. Johnson was also one of the 12 Senators from the Republican Party to sign a letter to Trump asking the United States Mexico Canada Arrangement be submitted to Congress. He was also a core figure in the controversy concerning U.S aid to Ukraine in 2019.
How Old is Ron Johnson?
Johnson was born on 8th April 1955 in Mankato, Minnesota. This makes him currently 65 years.
Ron Johnson Family
Who are Ron Johnson’s parents?
Johnson’s parents are Jeanette Elizabeth and Dale Robert Johnson. His father was of Norwegian origin while his mother was of German descent.
Does Ron Johnson have siblings?
Information about Johnson’s siblings is unavailable.
Ron Johnson’s Education
Johnson attended the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1977 with a degree in business and accounting. He went on with his studies until 1979 but did not acquire a graduate degree.
Ron Johnson’s Wife
Johnson married Jane and they live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Ron Johnson’s Children – Kids
He has three kids, Carey Johnson, Ben Johnson and Jenna Johnson who are in fact, all graduates of the University of Wisconsin. Also, he has four grandchildren.
Ron Johnson’s Net Worth
Johnson has an estimated net worth of 10.4 million dollars.
Johnson is 6 feet 1 inch tall which is also about 1.85 meters.