Former Congresswoman Nancy Johnson

Former congresswoman Nancy Lee Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 5th, 1935. She is the daughter of the late Noble Wishard and Gertrude Smith Lee. She started her elementary and high school education at the Lab Schools at the University of Chicago. She then attended the prestigious Radcliffe College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1957. She went on to study Art History at the University of London Courtauld Institute, and soon after her graduation, she married Theodore Johnson, an Obstetrician. The Johnsons settled in New Britain, Connecticut in the 1960’s where they raised three daughters: Lindsey, Althea and Caroline.

Nancy Johnson started her career initially as a teacher, and in 1976 she entered the political arena. Prior to that, Johnson was an activist; volunteering in her community, developing programs in the public schools, serving on various committees and sitting on different boards. Her portfolio caught the interest of the Republican Party, and in 1976 the Party urged her to run for the Connecticut Senate. At the time, New Britain was a solid democrat turf, but Johnson was able convince the constituents that she was right for the job and became the first republican to achieve this feat. In 1977, she successfully ran for a bid to a seat in the Connecticut Senate. This was a historical move as Johnson became the first Republican to hold the seat in almost 30 years. While in the state Senate, Johnson served on different committees which included the Appropriations, Finance Education and Planning and Development Committee. In 1983 she set her goals higher, and Johnson ran for and won a seat in the House of Representatives, representing the 6th, which later merged with 5th congressional district of Connecticut.

Her success in a democratic region was attributed to her stance on certain issues, such as her stance on abortion. Unlike most Republicans Johnson is considered a pro-choice social liberal. She is, however, fiscally conservative like Ronald Reagan, but socially liberal. In her first term she served on the Public works and Transportation, Select Committee on Children Youth and Families and the Veterans Affair committees. She joined the Budget Committee in her third term. In 1988 she hit a milestone by becoming the first republican woman ever named to the Ways and Means Committee. She also served on the as the chair to the house Ethics Committee. In her 12th term she became the longest serving US Representative from Connecticut. 1983 - 2006

Her legislative accomplishments include:

· Taxpayer Bill of Rights II

· Children’s Health Insurance Program

· Medicare Part D prescription Drug Coverage

In 2006 she lost her reelection bid.

In 2006, Johnson joined the Baker Donelson Law Firm in Washington DC as a Senior Public Advisor where she works with clients to help influence changes in tax laws and policies as they relate to the trade arena.

Johnson’s career has been dedicated to public service; this is reflected in the many years she served the people of the state of Connecticut. She has earned many awards and honors in her career of service. She continues to serve the public in her new career as a Public Advisor.