Bighorn Public Affairs
Having grown up in Montana and Wyoming, Johnson began her federal service in 1991, working in the United States Senate as an aide to Assistant Republican Leader Alan K. Simpson (R-WY). Her years of service to the influential Whip gave her insight into Senate leadership circles and forged strong relationships with senior Members and staff of the U.S. Senate. Johnson finished her years on Capitol Hill in the office of U.S. Representative Joel Hefley (R-CO), a senior Member of the Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees. Johnson served in both administrative and legislative positions for Hefley and was responsible for the issue areas of natural resources, education, health care, and international relations.
Off Capitol Hill, Johnson worked as a Government Affairs Director for an international defense company (based in the United Kingdom), marketing the firm’s products and orchestrating international trade show participation while educating the firm in U.S. Congressional legislation and Capitol Hill politics. Additionally, she worked for three years as the only Republican female lobbyist at Preston Gates (now K&L Gates), a top Washington, DC law firm then ranked number five in lobbying strength.
Johnson’s lobbying expertise focuses on the issue areas of energy and natural resources, appropriations, municipality concerns, international relations, and commerce and tax issues. Her client representation has ranged from large corporations such as Pilot FlyingJ and Anheuser-Busch to Native American tribes and municipalities, universities, hospitals and non-profit organizations.
Johnson has extensive legislative, political campaign and political fund raising experience as she served as a professional fundraiser for political candidates including U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), U.S. Representative John Peterson (R-PA) and the Political Action Committee of the Western Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Johnson also worked on various political campaigns over the years in the states of Wyoming, Montana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Arkansas.
Johnson has served as an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University, teaching American Government and Political Science courses and holds a degree in marketing and corporate management from Florida Atlantic University and is active in her son’s school. She was elected to serve two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Republican Club in Washington, D.C., and has been active with the Board of the Wyoming State Society.