|Christopher J. "Chris" Johnson|
Mississippi State Representative
for District 87 (Forrest and Lamar counties)
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Johnny W. Stringer|
|Spouse(s)||Wendi Burton Johnson|
|Children||Brennan and Emma Kathryn Johnson|
|Alma mater|| Forrest County Agricultural High School|
Pearl River Community College
University of Southern Mississippi
Christopher J. Johnson, known as Chris Johnson (born 1978), is a businessman from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who is the Republican state representative for District 87, which encompasses Forrest and Lamar counties in the southern portion of his state.
Johnson graduated from the Forrest County Agricultural High School in Brooklyn, Mississippi, and attended Pearl River Community College in Poplarville in Pearl River County. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
In the general election held on November 3, 2015, Johnson defeated the Democrat Paul Burney Johnson, IV, the grandson of former Mississippi Governor Paul B. Johnson, Jr., who as a Democrat had endorsed Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election. Chris Johnson polled 4,458 votes (80.2 percent) to Paul Johnson's 1,098 (19.8 percent). The position opened when Democratic Representative Johnny W. Stringer did not seek reelection. In the 2011 election, Stringer with 72 percent of the ballots cast defeated the Republican Daniel Kilpatrick.
Johnson serves on these House committees: (1) Public Health and Human Services (vice chairman), (2) Agriculture, (3) Banking and Financial Services, (4) Corrections, (5) Education, (6) Performance Based Budgeting, and (7) Transportation. In 2016, Representative Johnson voted against dismemberment abortions in Mississippi. He co-sponsored the expansion of exemptions for compulsory school vaccinations. He voted to grant civil and criminal immunity to those reporting what they believe are instances of terrorism. He supported legislation to permit churches to have designated personnel with firearms for the overall protection of the congregation. He backed the bill to guarantee protections for religious beliefs and matters of moral conscience. In 2017, he supported the legislation which authorizes additional methods of execution in Mississippi and backed the measure to classify the killing of first responders as first-degree murder. He voted to increase identification requirement for Medicaid.
Other Mississippi Republican state House members:
- William Tracy Arnold
- Dana Criswell
- Steve Hopkins
- Trey Lamar
- Shane Aguirre
- Jeff Hale
- Dan Eubanks
- Robert Foster
- Ashley Henley
- Rob Roberson
- Karl Oliver
- Bill Kinkade
- Vince Mangold
- Brent Powell
- Cory Wilson
- William Shirley
- Shane Barnett
- Noah Sanford
- Timmy Ladner
- Patricia Willis
- Brad Touchstone
- Roun McNeal
- Doug McLeod
- Charles Busby
- Scott DeLano
- Greg Haney
- Chris Johnson. Billstatus.ls.state.ms.us. Retrieved on October 13, 2017.
- Shane Barnett's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
- General election returns. Mississippi Secretary of State (November 3, 2015). Retrieved on October 12, 2017.
- General election returns. Mississippi Secretary of State (November 8, 2011). Retrieved on October 13, 2017.
- Chris Johnson's Voting Record. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 13, 2017.