Senator Johnson lives in Somerville with his wife, Valarie in the house they built together 25 years ago. He is a graduate of Bangor High School and the University of Maine.

Johnson also currently represents Somerville on the board of directors for Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit 12 and the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission.

Bangor Daily News: Legislature passes $32 million budget fix; LePage threatens veto

By Scott Thistle Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine — On Tuesday, the Maine Legislature easily passed a $32 million state budget fix for 2015. The House passed the bill on a vote of 136-8, and the Senate followed suit soon after by passing the bill 35-0. Lawmakers wanted to put the bill on Gov. Paul...

Kennebec Journal: OUR OPINION: Jobs bond package a good investment for Maine

Funds for infrastructure, venture capital and research would help start and expand small businesses.   Every year, Maine fishermen catch tons of baby eels, which they ship to China to be grown to adult size and sold in Japan for 10 times the price. At the same time, small businesses can’t expand and new ideas...

Bangor Daily News: LePage’s ‘open for business zones’ bill rejected in Senate behind arguments that it’s too generous

By Chris Cousins Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine — Senate Democrats led a charge against a proposal by Gov. Paul LePage to give large corporations major incentives to bring jobs to two former military bases in Maine, including a “right to work” prohibition on forcing workers to pay union dues. LePage reacted to the vote...

Portland Press Herald: LePage’s plan for special ‘Open for Business Zones’ rejected by Senate

By Eric Russell Read more here The governor calls the vote ‘the latest attack by job-killing liberal politicians.’ AUGUSTA — The Democratic-led state Senate delivered a blow Friday to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to create “Open for Business Zones,” that, among other things, would have exempted large companies from requiring employees to pay union dues The...

Sun Journal: Senate deals quick death to LePage bill to turn state agency into campaign lie detector

By Mario Moretto Read more here. AUGUSTA — “The truthiness bill.” “The lie-detector law.” “The truth-squad bill.” In hallway conversations, Democrats have come up with many names for Gov. Paul LePage’s bill that would make the state Ethics Commission investigate claims that candidates for state office had lied on the campaign trail. But it was...

Bangor Daily News: Senate Democrats flip the script on Republicans with bill banning welfare spending on tobacco, liquor, lottery

By Mario Moretto Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine — A surreal reversal in the Maine Senate on Monday saw majority Democrats advance a bill to ban the use of welfare dollars for alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, gambling and bail, while Republicans voted against the clampdown — despite having originally supported it. The move by Democrats,...

Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal: Diageo Applauds Maine Governor and Legislature for Continuing Trend of Pro-Consumer Legislation

Legislature Unanimously Passes and Governor Signs Mail-in Rebate Coupon Bill Expanding Options for Consumers to Receive Beer, Wine and Spirits Rebates Read more here. NORWALK, Conn – Diageo, the world’s leading spirits, wine and beer company, applauds the Maine House, Senate and Governor for passing legislation that will enable beer, wine and spirits companies to use...

MPBN: Maine Senate Sustains Homeless Shelter Bill Veto

Read more here The Democratic-led Senate voted 20-14 in favor of overturning the Republican governor’s veto on Wednesday, falling short of the two-thirds support necessary. AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine lawmakers have failed to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill changing the funding formula for youth homeless shelters. The Democratic-led Senate voted 20-14...

Bangor Daily News: Lawmakers grill embattled workers compensation chief at Labor Committee hearing

By Mario Moretto Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine — The executive director of the state’s Workers Compensation Board, who has come under fire for reassigning a hearings officer at the behest of a paper mill that didn’t like his decisions, defended himself from criticism during a Labor Committee hearing on Wednesday. Paul Sighinolfi was appointed to the...

Portland Press Herald: Maine’s workers comp chief says media, politics created controversy

By Steve Mistler Read more here At a hearing marked by claims of election-year maneuvering, he denies having a pro-business bias in removing a hearing officer after a complaint. AUGUSTA — The director of the Maine Workers Compensation Board blamed the media and politics Wednesday for the controversy surrounding his decision to remove an injury...

Marine Corps Times: Maine wants recognition of Agent Orange exposure

Read more here. PORTLAND, MAINE — Gov. Paul LePage is poised to sign into law a bill calling on the federal government to recognize disabilities suffered by Maine soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange at a military base in Canada. The bill, sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Tuttle, focuses on potential exposure by Maine Army...

Bangor Daily News: Debate about state borrowing likely to consume final weeks in legislative session

By Chris Cousins Read more here AUGUSTA, Maine — There are few issues in Augusta that have caused as much controversy in recent years as borrowing money for large-scale projects. Judging by the rhetoric in Augusta this week, the conflict will continue through the end of the legislative session. Hanging in the balance are several...