By Frank Lewis
February 3, 2014
By Frank Lewis
State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) has announced his candidacy to serve as representative of the 90th Ohio House District—which includes Adams and Scioto counties and parts of Lawrence County—during the 131st General Assembly.
“I filed my petitions today (Monday),” Johnson said. “I have officially declared my candidacy.”
Johnson is seeking to serve his third term in the House.
“It has been a fantastic honor to represent our district,” Johnson said. “I feel that we need to have a strong voice in Columbus and around the state, and I have been delighted to step up. Being a native Scioto Countian and a person in southern Ohio all my life, I just love to tell the story about what potential we have and how we’re going to do great things in the future.”
Johnson said there are levels of service that a State Representative performs, such as constituent work, the legislative work, sponsoring and co-sponsoring bills, and committee work, but some of the work a State Representative does is not often seen in public.
“What people don’t see is the behind-the-scenes work,” Johnson said. “That’s where you meet with leaders. You talk to people and you try to make things happen. A good case for that is Ohio Precious Metals, keeping that company in Ohio in the old building up in Pike County. That’s going to bring about 500 good jobs here instead of going to Texas.”
Johnson said he is also working with New Steel International to try to shore up a steel producing plant for Franklin Furnace.
“That’s a very possible project, and it almost died about a year-and-a-half ago,” Johnson said. “I was able to help that keep moving along, and I’m still working very hard on that. That’s potentially 2,000 permanent jobs here in southern Ohio.”
Johnson said he has also been pleased to work with people from the transportation community.
“From river and rail and highways, we had the River Summit about three years ago in Ironton, and the Intermodal Summit down at Shawnee (State University), which was absolutely huge last year,” Johnson said. “I’m doing my best to help the new (Southern Ohio) Port Authority and the new economic development guy, Jason Kester, working with SODI (Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative) up at Pike County.”
Johnson serves as chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee and as a member of the Health and Aging Committee and the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. In addition to his work in the House, Johnson is a military veteran, a doctor and the former coroner of Scioto County. He served 21 years in the Ohio Army National Guard, where he was commander of the National Guard Medical Detachment, served as state surgeon, and retired as a colonel in 2011. He completed three tours of duty in the Global War on Terror—twice in Iraq.
Johnson and his wife of nearly 25 years, Jennifer, have four children and reside in McDermott.
“I am actively engaged in this. I absolutely love it,” Johnson said. “And we are indeed on the brink of turning things around.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.