Jay W. Johnson
|36th Director of the United States Mint|
May 2000 – August 2001
George W. Bush
|Preceded by||Philip N. Diehl|
|Succeeded by||Henrietta H. Fore|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Wisconsin's 8th district
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||Toby Roth|
|Succeeded by||Mark Andrew Green|
|Born||September 30, 1943|
Bessemer, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||October 17, 2009 (aged 66)|
Bristow, Virginia, U.S.
|Resting place||Stonewall Memory Gardens|
|Education||Gogebic Community College (AA)|
Northern Michigan University (BA)
Michigan State University (MA)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1966–1968|
|Unit||Brooke Army Medical Center|
Jay Withington Johnson (September 30, 1943 – October 17, 2009) was an American politician and journalist who served as the 36th director of the United States Mint, and one-term member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin. He was also a television news anchor in Green Bay, Wisconsin for WFRV-TV and WLUK-TV.
Early life and education
Johnson was born in Bessemer, Michigan and graduated from Bessemer High School. He earned an associate degree in speech from Gogebic Community College in 1963 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Northern Michigan University in 1965. Johnson was an information specialist with the United States Army from 1966 until 1968. He was on the board of directors of the Wisconsin United Way. Johnson received a master's degree in radio and television arts from Michigan State University in 1970.
In 1996, Johnson was elected to represent Wisconsin's 8th congressional district in the 105th United States Congress after 18-year incumbent Toby Roth chose not to run for a 10th term. He was the fourth Democrat to represent the district in the 20th century. He was defeated after one term by State Assemblyman Mark Green in 1998. In August 1999, Johnson was nominated by President Bill Clinton to become Director of the United States Mint. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in May 2000 and served until his successor was appointed by President George W. Bush in August 2001. After leaving the U.S. Mint, he was self-employed, selling wholesale coins and was the chief numismatist for The Franklin Mint.
|Democratic Primary Election, September 10, 1996|
|Democratic||Jay W. Johnson||18,293||59.06%|
|General Election, November 5, 1996|
|Democratic||Jay W. Johnson||129,551||52.04%||+15.77%|
|Republican||David Prosser, Jr.||119,398||47.96%|
|Democratic gain from Republican||Swing||31.54%|
|General Election, November 3, 1998|
|Republican||Mark Andrew Green||112,418||54.61%|
|Democratic||Jay W. Johnson (incumbent)||93,441||45.39%||-6.65%|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing||13.30%|
- "Johnson, Jay W. 1943". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved May 10, 2020.
- The Distinguish Alumni Award of Northern Michigan University – Jay. W. Johnson
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- "Former Congressman Jay Johnson dies". WLUK-TV. October 18, 2009. Archived from the original on October 20, 2009. Retrieved May 10, 2020 – via Wayback Machine.
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- Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (1997). "Elections in Wisconsin". In Barish, Lawrence S. (ed.). State of Wisconsin 1997-1998 Blue Book (Report). Madison, Wisconsin: State of Wisconsin. pp. 880, 883.
- Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (1999). "Elections in Wisconsin". In Barish, Lawrence S.; Meloy, Patricia E. (eds.). State of Wisconsin 1999-2000 Blue Book (Report). Madison, Wisconsin: State of Wisconsin. p. 864.
- United States Congress. "Jay W. Johnson (id: J000149)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Jay Withington Johnson at Find a Grave
- 2009 Wisconsin Assembly Joint Resolution 88
- Appearances on C-SPAN