Mike Johanns


Mike Johanns
Mike Johanns
United States Senator
from Nebraska
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2009
Serving with Ben Nelson
Preceded by Chuck Hagel
28th United States Secretary of Agriculture
In office
January 21, 2005 – September 20, 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Ann Veneman
Succeeded by Ed Schafer
38th Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 7, 1999 – January 20, 2005
Lieutenant David I. Maurstad
(1999-2001)
Dave Heineman
(2001-2005)
Preceded by Ben Nelson
Succeeded by Dave Heineman
47th Mayor of Lincoln
In office
1991–1998
Preceded by Bill Harris
Succeeded by Dale Young
Member of the Lincoln City Council
In office
1989–1991
Member of Lancaster County Board
In office
1983–1987
Personal details
Born June 18, 1950 (1950-06-18) (age 61)
Osage, Iowa
Political party Republican (1988–present)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (Before 1988)
Spouse(s) Stephanie Johanns
Residence Omaha, Nebraska
Alma mater St. Mary's University (B.A.)
Creighton University (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
Website Senator Mike Johanns

Michael Owen "Mike" Johanns (born June 18, 1950) is an American Republican politician who has been the junior United States Senator from Nebraska since 2009. Previously he was the 38th Governor of Nebraska from 1999 to 2005 and was U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2005 to 2007,[1] becoming the fourth Nebraskan to hold the position. On November 4, 2008, Johanns was elected to the United States Senate for the state of Nebraska, becoming one of only two new Republican senators (with Jim Risch of Idaho) heading into the 111th United States Congress.[2] In 2002 Johanns served as a Chair of the Midwestern Governors Association.

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Early life

Johanns was born in Osage, Iowa, and grew up living and working on his family's farm. After graduating from high school, Johanns went on to study at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona. He earned a law degree from Creighton University. After his graduation, Johanns began practicing law in O'Neill and Lincoln, Nebraska.

Early political career

Johanns served on the Lancaster County Board from 1983 to 1987 as a Democrat. In 1988 he was elected to the Lincoln City Council where he served from 1989 to 1991. He was elected as Mayor of Lincoln in 1991 and 1995: the last Republican elected to that office to date. (His successor, Dale Young, was appointed by the Lincoln City Council.[3])

Governor of Nebraska

Mike Johanns speaks after being nominated by George W. Bush for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

He then ran successfully for Governor of Nebraska in 1998 by defeating Democratic opponent Bill Hoppner by a margin of 54% to 46%. He won reelection in 2002 by a landslide, defeating Democrat Stormy Dean by a margin of 69% to 27%.

Agriculture Secretary

On December 2, 2004, Johanns was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace outgoing Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman. As a result, he scrapped plans to run against Democratic Senator Ben Nelson in 2006.[4] Johanns was confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2005, hours after Bush's second inauguration. He tendered his resignation as Governor of Nebraska on that day. On the next day he was sworn in.

U.S. Senate

2008 election

On September 20, 2007, he resigned as Agriculture Secretary to run for the United States Senate.[5] Johanns officially announced his bid on October 10, 2007 to run for the Senate seat to be vacated by Senator Chuck Hagel, who decided not to run for re-election. On November 4, 2008, he was elected to the United States Senate,[4] defeating Democratic nominee Scott Kleeb in the general election.

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Parkinson’s Disease Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Sportsmen's Caucus

Personal life

Johanns is married to Stephanie Johanns, a former Lancaster County Commissioner and Nebraska State Senator. They have two children and five grandchildren.

References

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Harris
Mayor of Lincoln
1991– 1998
Succeeded by
Dale Young
Preceded by
Ben Nelson
Governor of Nebraska
January 7, 1999– January 20, 2005
Succeeded by
Dave Heineman
Preceded by
Ann Veneman
United States Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: George W. Bush

January 21, 2005– September 20, 2007
Succeeded by
Ed Schafer
United States Senate
Preceded by
Chuck Hagel
United States Senator (Class 2) from Nebraska
2009–present
Served alongside: Ben Nelson
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gene Spence
Republican nominee for Governor of Nebraska
1998, 2002
Succeeded by
Dave Heineman
Preceded by
Chuck Hagel
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Nebraska
(Class 2)

2008
Succeeded by
Current nominee
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Tom Udall
D-New Mexico
United States Senators by seniority
73rd
Succeeded by
Jeanne Shaheen
D-New Hampshire



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