POMEROY — U.S. Representative Bill Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Meigs County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 7 in the Meigs High School Cafeteria. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner at 6 p.m.
Johnson (R-Marietta) is a Congressman in Ohio’s Sixth District which includes Belmont County, Columbiana County, Carroll County, Gallia County, Guernsey County, Harrison County, Jackson County, Jefferson County, Lawrence County, Meigs County, Monroe County, Noble County, and Washington County. The Sixth Congressional District also includes portions of five counties: Athens County, Mahoning County, Muskingum County, Scioto County, and Tuscarawas County.
Johnson was re-elected to the position in November 2012.
Johnson entered the U.S. Air Force in 1973, and retired as a lieutenant colonel after a distinguished military career of more than 26 years. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in Troy, Ala., in 1979, and he earned a master’s degree from Georgia Tech in 1984.
During his tenure in the U.S. Air Force, Johnson was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, Squadron Officers School, and Air Command & Staff College.
He is also a recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
As director of the Air Force’s Chief Information Officer Staff at U.S. Special Operations Command, Johnson worked directly with senior congressional and Secretary of Defense representatives, as well as top leaders within the various U.S. intelligence communities.
Following his retirement from military service, Johnson turned to creating and building high technology businesses. He co-founded Johnson-Schley Management Group, Inc., an information technology (IT). In 2003 he left Johnson-Schley to form J2 Business Solutions, Inc., where he focused on providing executive level IT support as a defense contractor to the U.S. military.
From 2006 through 2010, Johnson served as Chief Information Officer of a global manufacturer of highly engineered electronic components for the transportation industry headquartered in Northeast Ohio. As a member of the executive leadership team, he managed a multi-million dollar departmental budget.
Johnson, and his wife LeeAnn, currently reside in Marietta, Ohio with a son, Nathan. Johnson is also the parent of three grown children, Joshua, Julie and Jessica, and has five grandchildren.
Other highlights of the evening are to include a 50/50 drawing, office holder giveaway, and the singing of God Bless America by Tammy Matson.