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Johnson, John Warren

House 1967-72 (District 37); House 1973-74 (District 58A)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 1/29/1929
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Birth County: Hennepin
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 1/6/2023
Gender: Male
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Minneapolis
Occupation (when first elected): Executive Vice President, American Collectors Association

EDUCATION

Southwest High School, Minneapolis; Secondary;
University of Minnesota; B.A.; Economics and Political Science, 1951

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

Military: United States Navy (2 years active duty, plus 6 years reserve duty) ; 1951 to 1953
Municipal Council/Aldermen: 13th Ward, Minneapolis, Minnesota (City Alderman); 1963 to 1967

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: Marion L. Myrland (married in 1951)
Children: Three children: Daniel, Karen, and Nancy
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:

GENERAL NOTES

Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1973-74.

He was the Republican Party candidate for Minnesota Governor in 1974.

"John worked hard to reach his goal of playing on the University of Minnesota football team and becoming a member of the "M" Club. He played four years under Coach Bernie Bierman. He also boxed and notably sparred against Bud Grant." (Star Tribune obituary)

His funeral was held on January 20, 2023 at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.

Total Days Served: 2926

SESSIONS SERVED

68th Legislative Session (1973-1974)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 58A
Elected: 11/7/1972
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/2/1973 to 1/6/1975
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Executive Vice President, American Collectors Association
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Education
  • Environmental Preservation and Natural Resources
  • Judiciary
  • Taxes

67th Legislative Session (1971-1972)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 37
Elected: 11/3/1970
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/5/1971 to 1/1/1973
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Executive Vice President, American Collectors Association
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • City Government
  • Education
  • Governmental Operations
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs
  • Rules and Legislative Administration
  • Transportation

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 37
Elected: 11/5/1968
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/7/1969 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Executive Vice President, American Collectors Association
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the First Class
  • Education
  • Employee Compensation and Retirements
  • Highways
  • Labor Relations
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: House
District: 37
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Minneapolis
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/6/1969
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Executive Vice President, American Collectors Association
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the First Class
  • Claims
  • Employees Compensation
  • Highways
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Metropolitan and Urban Affairs
Articles & Books By
Johnson, John Warren. 53 days to Beijing. Minneapolis, MN: Collectors Books Ltd., 1991.

Johnson, John Warren. The Use of Humor in Public Speaking Is No Joke!. Edina, MN: Collectors Books Limited, 1991.

Johnson, John Warren. Pearls of Saigon: A Novel Set in the Far East. Colorado Springs, CO: Nationwide Press, 1986.

Johnson, John Warren. 38 Days to Cape Town: The Last Great Motoring Adventure. Minneapolis, MN: Curle Pub. Co, 1981.

Johnson, John Warren. How you can manage your money: a Christian's guide to personal and family financial decision making. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1981.

Johnson, John Warren. Political Christians: A Guide for Christians in Public Service. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1979.


Articles & Books About
Orrick, Dave. "John Warren Johnson, Politician, Head of the American Collectors Association: Fearless and Savvy, He Helped Transform Collection Industry." Star Tribune, February 1, 2023, P. B4.

"Johnson, John Warren." Star Tribune, January 15, 2023, P. B9.



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