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Alumni & Friends in Action: United States Congressman Bill Johnson
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Congressman Bill Johnson represents Ohio’s 6th District, which spans an extended geographical area along the state’s southeastern borders.

 “It takes more than six hours to drive from one end of my district to the other, so when I’m not in Washington, D.C., I’m usually traveling within the district to meet and listen to my constituents. There is a wide variety of economic sectors in my district – manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, energy, and education, to name a few.”

“When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, it was immediately clear that Congress needed to act quickly and in a bipartisan manner on relief efforts.  The situation is still so fluid and unpredictable, and we need to continue to address people’s needs across the economy.” 

“I’ve been going back and forth to Washington to work with my colleagues in person on these issues.  As leaders, it is important for us to be together in the Capitol. My personal approach to leadership is based on having a servant mind-set which emphasizes the needs of others, on living out one’s faith, and on acting with integrity.”

“The work that Muskingum University is doing is crucial for workforce development. I applaud the way Muskingum is taking a forward-looking approach, to identify the jobs of the future and how to best educate students to fill them.  The University definitely has its finger on the pulse of our region, with its current emphasis on health and wellness.”

Congressman Johnson was born and raised on a family farm. After a distinguished 26-year career in the U.S. Air Force, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel before entering public service. He is a graduate of Troy University (Troy, Alabama) and earned a master’s degree from Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Georgia).

He represents Ohio’s 6th Congressional District, which spans 13 counties in full and 5 counties in part, including Muskingum County.  The 6th District borders Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky, following the Ohio River.

He resides in Marietta, Ohio with his wife LeeAnn and son Nathan.  Congressman Johnson is also the parent of three grown children -- Joshua, Julie, and Jessica -- and has six grandchildren.

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