Congressman Bill Johnson's life and career have always centered around a commitment to hard work and making a difference in the community.
Born and raised on family farms, he learned early the values of hard work, honesty, and sacrifice. Those values have stayed with Johnson throughout his life and have made him the leader he is today.
Johnson entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after a distinguished military career of more than 26 years. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in Troy, Alabama in 1979, and earned his Master’s Degree from Georgia Tech in 1984. During his tenure in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Squadron Officers School, and Air Command & Staff College. Bill is also a proud recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. As Director of the Air Force’s Chief Information Officer Staff at U.S. Special Operations Command, Johnson worked directly with senior congressional and Secretary of Defense representatives, as well as top leaders within the various U.S. intelligence communities, to ensure America’s Special Operations forces were adequately equipped to carry out critical national security missions.
Following his retirement from military service, Johnson helped create two information technology consulting companies, and served as Chief Information Officer for a global manufacturing company headquartered in Eastern Ohio. He's been active in his church and community. He was first elected to Congress in November 2010.
Bill Johnson resides in Marietta with his wife LeeAnn and son Nathan. Johnson is also the proud parent of three other successful grown children: Joshua, Julie, and Jessica, and he has six grandchildren.
In 2017, Bill Johnson published a book, Raising Fathers, which explores the social and cultural impact of fatherhood, the damage done when fathers aren't present and active and how the problem might be addressed moving forward.
Bill's military service
Six months out of High School, Bill Johnson joined the United States Air Force where he served for 26 years. Below are some awards and ranks attained and bases where he served.
RANKS & YEARS ATTAINED:
· Airman Basic (E-1) – 1973
· Airman (E-2) – 1973
· Airman First Class (E-3) - 1974
· Sergeant (E-4) – 1975
· Staff Sergeant (E-5) – 1977
· Second Lieutenant (O-1) – 1979
· First Lieutenant (O-2)– 1981
· Captain(O-3) – 1983
· Major (O-4) – 1990
· Lieutenant Colonel - 1995
AWARDS AND HONORS & YEARS ATTAINED
· US Air Force Basic Military Training – Honor Graduate – 1973
· US Air Force NCO Leadership School – Honor Graduate – 1976
· Most Outstanding Computer Science Student, Troy University, Troy, AL – 1979
· Most Outstanding Student in the School of Business and Commerce, Troy University, Troy, AL – 1979
· US Air Force ROTC Summer Camp Commandant Award (Top Cadet out of 800) - 1978
· Alabama Governor’s Award – Top US Air Force ROTC Cadet in Alabama – 1979
· James S. Varnell Fighter Aces Association – Top Pilot Cadet in Southeastern United States - 1979
· US Air Force ROTC – Distinguished Graduate – 1979
· US Air Force Squadron Officers’ School – Distinguished Graduate - 1985
· US Air Force Air Command and Staff College Seminar Program – Gunter Air Force Station, AL – Distinguished Graduate – 1986
· US Air Force Advanced Communications Course – Keesler Air Force Base, MS – Honor Graduate – 1987
· US Air Force Air Command and Staff College Resident Program – Maxwell Air Force Base, AL - Research Award Winner – 1993
· US Air Force Air War College Seminar Program – Graduate – 1996
· US Armed Forces Staff College – Norfolk Naval Base, VA – Graduate - 1999
· Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX – 1973
· Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, IL – 1973
· Columbus Air Force Base, Columbus, MS – 1973-1977
· Troy University, Troy, AL – Air Force ROTC, 1978-1979
· Williams Air Force Base, Chandler, AZ – 1979-1980
· Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX – 1980-1982
· Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA – 1982-1984 (Pursuing MS degree through Air Force Institute of Technology)
· Gunter Air Force Station, Montgomery, AL – 1982-1986
· Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS – 1987
· Lowery Air Force Base, Denver, CO – 1987-1990
· Gunter Air Force Station, Montgomery, AL – 1990-1992
· Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL – 1992-1993
· Eglin Air Force Base, Ft. Walton Beach, FL – 1993-1997
· MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL – 1997-1999