House Conservatives Fund Chairman Mike Johnson was elected by his colleagues to lead the Republican Study Committee for the 116th Congress. Since its founding, the RSC has been considered “the intellectual arsenal” and the policy shop for conservatives in the House of Representatives. Under Mike’s leadership, the RSC is developing the conservative playbook for when Republicans retake control of the House. The House Conservatives Fund is a central part of that strategy.
Mike has proven himself as a prolific fundraiser and advocate on behalf of his colleagues, raising over half a million dollars for his fellow conservatives in the 2018 election cycle. His background prepared him well for his current roles.
Prior to his election to Congress, Mike spent nearly 20 years as a policy advisor and constitutional law attorney litigating high profile cases in district and appellate courts nationwide. He became widely recognized as leading defender of the right to life, religious liberty, free speech, the Second Amendment and free market principles.
Mike was elected to represent Louisiana’s Fourth Congressional District in December 2016, and immediately began solidifying his distinguished reputation on the Hill as a principled, full-spectrum conservative. During his first term, he received the Family Research Council Action’s “True Blue” award for displaying unwavering commitment and consistent support for faith, family and freedom. His 100% on FRC Action’s Scorecard included votes to repeal and replace Obamacare, deliver long-needed tax cuts that are already providing much needed relief to working families, stand for religious liberty, restrict abortion and end the forced partnership between taxpayers and Planned Parenthood. The National Rifle Association gave Mike an “A” for his work defending our Second Amendment rights, and he was recognized as a “Hero of Main Street” by the National Retail Federation for consistently supporting public policy priorities important to the retail industry and its millions of small businesses. Additionally, the National Federation of Independent Business awarded Johnson the “Guardian of Small Business Award” for his staunch support of pro-growth policies supporting job creators.
In Congress, Mike was appointed to the prestigious House Judiciary Committee where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. He also plays an active role on the House Natural Resources Committee, as the Republican vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
The eldest son of a Shreveport firefighter who was critically burned and permanently disabled in the line of duty, Mike learned early on the values of hard work, honor and sacrifice. He has a practical understanding of the challenges that small business owners face because he, like his parents and grandparents, is one himself. He has also served in the past as state legislator, a conservative talk radio host and columnist, a media spokesman for America’s largest religious liberty organizations, a college professor and constitutional law seminar instructor, and a board member for national organizations and numerous community groups and ministries.
Mike and his wife, Kelly, a Licensed Christian Counselor and former school teacher from Webster Parish, have been married for more than 20 years, and have four children, Hannah, Abigail, Jack and Will. Today, they reside in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.