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James Paul Johnson

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James Paul Johnson
Jim Johnson Colorado.png
Member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board
In office
1985–1987
GovernorRichard Lamm
Roy Romer
Member of the Colorado Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission
In office
1984–1986
GovernorRichard Lamm
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byWayne Aspinall
Succeeded byHank Brown
Judge of the Ault Municipal Court
In office
1962–1965
Personal details
Born (1930-06-02) June 2, 1930 (age 90)
Yankton, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationNorthwestern University (BA)
University of Colorado (LLB)
Signature
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1952–1956
Battles/warsKorean War

James Paul Johnson (born June 2, 1930) is an American politician, lawyer and jurist from Colorado. He served in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican.

Life

James Paul Johnson was born in Yankton, Yankton County, South Dakota. He earned his B.A. from Northwestern University in 1952 and later earned an LL.B. from the University of Colorado in 1959. In 1952 he enlisted into the United States Marine Corps and served as a jet pilot during the Korean War from 1952 to 1956. He became a Christian missionary and went on a mission to convert the Aleutian natives in Alaska.[1]

He was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1959 and briefly served in private practice prior to being named a deputy district attorney for the Eighth Judicial District of Colorado from 1959 to 1966. He was the Municipal Judge for Ault, Colorado from 1962 to 1965, and assistant district attorney from 1964 to 1966. He served as member of the Poudre R-1 School Board, Fort Collins from 1969 to 1971 and served as delegate to Colorado State Republican conventions from 1960 to 1972.

During the 1972 elections he was elected to the House of Representatives and served until 1981. In February 1978 he apologized for stating that President "Carter didn't declare war on the West(ern United States) he bombed us without a declaration of war." in response to Carter's water project policies.[2]

After leaving office he resumed practicing law in Fort Collins, Colorado. He served as member of the supreme court judicial nominating commission for state of Colorado from 1984 to 1986 and also served as a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board from 1985 to 1987.

Electoral history

James Paul Johnson electoral history
1966 Colorado 4th Congressional District election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Wayne N. Aspinall (incumbent) 84,107 58.61% -4.41%
Republican James Paul Johnson 59,404 41.39% +4.41%
Total votes '143,511' '100.00%'
1972 Colorado 4th Congressional District election[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican James Paul Johnson 94,994 51.03% +6.11%
Democratic Alan Merson 91,151 48.97% -6.11%
Total votes '186,145' '100.00%'
1974 Colorado 4th Congressional District election[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican James Paul Johnson (incumbent) 82,982 52.05% +1.02%
Democratic John Carroll 76,452 47.95% -1.02%
Total votes '159,434' '100.00%'
1976 Colorado 4th Congressional District election[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican James Paul Johnson (incumbent) 119,458 54.05% +2.00%
Democratic Daniel Ogden 76,995 34.84% -13.11%
Independent Dick Davis 20,398 9.23% +9.23%
Independent Henry Thiel 4,167 1.89% +1.89%
Total votes '221,018' '100.00%'
1978 Colorado 4th Congressional District election[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican James Paul Johnson (incumbent) 103,121 61.18% +7.13%
Democratic Morgan Smith 65,421 38.82% +3.98%
Total votes '168,542' '100.00%'

References

  1. ^ "Thanksgiving crusade features missionary". The Morning Call. November 10, 1972. p. 13. Archived from the original on January 27, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Johnson: 'I apologize'". The Daily Sentinel. February 12, 1978. p. 24. Archived from the original on January 27, 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "CO District 4 1966". January 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "CO District 4 1972". July 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "CO District 4 1974". September 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "CO District 4 1976". January 12, 2016.
  7. ^ "CO District 4 1978". June 26, 2003.

External links

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Wayne Aspinall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 4th congressional district

1973–1981
Succeeded by
Hank Brown
This page was last edited on 8 June 2020, at 02:51
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