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C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group G: Artifacts

C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group G: Artifacts

Descriptive Summary

Title: C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group G: Artifacts
Creator: Johnson, Clete Donald (Don), Jr., 1948-
Inclusive Dates: 1980-2000
Language(s): English
Extent: 6 box(es)
Collection Number: RBRL038CDJ_G
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group G: Artifacts primarily consists of campaign paraphenalia from Johnson's bids for Congress.

Collection Description

Biographical note

C. Donald (Don) Johnson, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 30, 1948. He earned a BA degree in history in 1970 and a Juris Doctorate in 1973 from the University of Georgia. Johnson served in the United States Air Force from 1973-1977 and was stationed in California, Colorado, and the Republic of Turkey as a member of the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and was discharged with the rank of Captain. In 1978, he received a Master of Law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.

Prior to returning to Royston as a partner in the law firm of Johnson and Vandiver, Johnson held a variety of positions. He served an aide to the late Congressman Phil Landrum as well as legislative council for the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. He also acted as corporate counsel for the Continental Illinois Bank of Chicago and was a member of the Atlanta law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy.

Johnson was elected to the State Senate from the 47th District in 1987 to fill the unexpired term of the late Senator Parks Brown. The 47th District includes Bank, Elbert, Franklin, Hart, and portions of Jackson and Madison counties. Johnson, a Democrat, served on the Judiciary, Reapportionment, Agriculture, Transportation, Finance, Public Utilities, and Rules committees and was chair of the Appropriations Committee from 1990 to 1992. He was a member of the Senate Democratic Party Caucus Policy Committee and served as Governor Joe Frank Harris' assistant administration floor leader in the senate from 1989 until 1992.

During his five years as State Senator, Johnson major legislative accomplishments included: author of toll free county-wide calls legislation which expanded local telephone service area in 129 counties at no additional cost to consumers; principle sponsor of Governor Joe Frank Harris' anti-drug legislation package which gave Georgia the toughest anti-drug laws in the United States; author of civil restitution laws providing business and property owners an easier means of recovering losses from shoplifters and vandals and strengthening bad check laws; author of State Hobbs Act and constitutional amendment for circuit wide grand jury to combat political corruption and misuse of public office for personal gain; and author of reporter shield law which protects against unnecessary infringement upon confidential sources of information.

In addition to his standing committee posts, Johnson was chairman of the Georgia Senate Export Expansion Study Committee, which considered ways the state could encourage the export of Georgia products to overseas markets and boost the state's economy. He also served on several other interim study committees including the Senate Study Committee on Rural Economic Development, the Senate Transportation Study Committee, and the Senate Fraudulent Check Study Committee.

In 1992, Johnson successfully ran for the United States Congress as a Democrat representing Georgia's 10th District, succeeding Doug Barnard, Jr. of Augusta. While in office, Johnson served on the Armed Services Committee and Science Space and Technology Committee. He acted as a delegate to the North Atlantic Assembly (NATO's legislative advisory body) in Berlin and Copenhagen and monitored Russia's first parliamentary (Duma) election in Moscow in December 1993.

After an unsuccessful bid for a second term, Johnson spent a number of years in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in international trade and investment policy, national security and foreign policy. He was vice-president for government relations and public policy with Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations, Inc. In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed him ambassador and he served for two and a half years as chief textile negotiator and principal advisor to both the president and the United States Trade Representative on all textile and apparel trade matters.

Johnson then became a partner in the law firm Patton Boggs until he accepted an appointment in 2004 as the director of the University of Georgia School of Law's Dean Rusk Center. specializing in global legal and policy issues. Currently, Johnson resides in Royston with his wife Suzanne Spratlin.

Scope and Content

C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group G: Artifacts primarily consists of campaign paraphenalia from Johnson's bids for Congress.

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Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Campaign paraphernalia -- Georgia.
Political campaigns -- Georgia.
Political campaigns.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Record Group G: Artifacts

1Campaign Banner, 1992
2Campaign Banner
Campaign Buttons
Georgia State Senate License Plate
Name tags
Augusta Chronicle Cartoon
5GNA #11 "Thank You" banner
5Flight Certificate
5Dot matrix printed campaign banner
5Don Johnson for Congress blue signs
MapcaseDon Johnson for Congress sign [oversize]
MapcaseDon Johnson for Congress sign [oversize]
MapcaseGeorgia State Senators and District Map [oversize]
MapcaseState of Georgia Congressional Districts Map [oversize]
MapcaseGeorgia Counties Map [oversize]