Senate links: Mike Johanns (R-NE-Senate)i
Michael O. “Mike” Johanns
Mike Johanns Class II, seat up in 2014
Biography of Mike Johanns from Senate.gov
On January 6, 2009, Mike Johanns was sworn in as U.S. Senator for Nebraska. He won the support of an overwhelming majority of Nebraskans by demonstrating principled leadership throughout 25 years of public service.
Senator Johanns serves on five committees: Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Environment and Public Works (EPW); Veterans’ Affairs; and Indian Affairs. He is the Ranking Member on the Agriculture Committee’s Livestock, Dairy, Poultry, Marketing and Agriculture Security Subcommittee; the Banking Committee’s Security, International Trade and Finance Subcommittee; and the EPW Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee.
Johanns became the 28th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January 2005. For nearly three years he worked to expand foreign market access for U.S. producers, promoted the growth of the renewable fuels industry and advanced cooperative conservation. Additionally, Johanns developed an in-depth farm bill proposal, which became the foundation for improvements and reforms adopted in the final 2008 farm bill.
Johanns served as Nebraska’s 38th governor from 1999 to 2005. As governor, he promoted an agenda of tax relief, less government, building the economy, protecting families, and ensuring the health, safety, and success of Nebraska’s children.
He grew up on a farm where he learned a work ethic that has been put to use serving the people of Nebraska and this country. The values he developed while growing up serve as the foundation for his commitment to public service.
Johanns is a graduate of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He earned a law degree from Creighton University in Omaha and practiced law in O’Neill and Lincoln. Johanns served on the Lancaster County Board from 1983 to 1987, and on the Lincoln City Council from 1989 to 1991. He was elected mayor of Lincoln in 1991 and was reelected in 1995 without opposition. He successfully ran for governor in 1998 and was reelected in 2002.
Johanns is married to Stephanie Johanns, former Lancaster County Commissioner and Nebraska State Senator. The couple has two children and five grandchildren.