Senator Eric Johnson (R-01)
|Legislative Office Building / Room 314 / Atlanta, GA 30334|
|22 Noble Glen Drive / Savannah, GA 31406|
|(404) 656-5109||(912) 355-3696||(912) 352-1692|
|Secretary||Senate Economic Development, Tourism & Cultural Affairs|
|Member||Senate Banking & Financial Institutions (B&FI)|
|Member||Senate Consumer Affairs (CAff)|
|Member||Senate Transportation (Trans)|
|Ex-Officio||Senate Finance & Public Utilities (F&PU)|
Eric Johnson, a Savannah Republican, was first elected to the Senate from the Savannah area's 1st District in 1994 and is now beginning his second term.
Johnson is the Senate Minority Whip and is secretary of the Economic Development, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Committee and a member of the Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Consumer Affairs Committee as well as the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. He is an ex-officio member of the Finance and Public Utilities Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Educators Technology Training Commission.
Prior to his election to the state Senate, Johnson served one term in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1993-94. He was regional director for former U.S. Senator Mack Mattingly from 1981-83.
During the 1995 General Assembly, Johnson sponsored legislation to create the joint Senate-House Study Committee on Certificate of Need Health Care Facilities and served on the panel. The committee was created to consider changes in the way the state regulates the construction and expansion of hospitals and medical facilities. He is also the sponsor of comprehensive victims rights legislation.
Johnson successfully sponsored far-reaching legislation in the 1996 session which requires insurance companies to allow women to see their OB-GYNs directly, without having to be referred by another doctor, in an effort to prevent potentially costly and life-threatening delays.
Born August 20, 1953 in New Orleans, Johnson earned a degree in architecture from Tulane University. He is currently an architect with the firm of Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung International.
Active in professional and community affairs, Johnson is an alumni of Leadership Savannah and a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Executive Association of Savannah. He is associated with the Inner City Night Shelter and was honored as Georgia's Young Republican of the Year in 1980.
Johnson and his wife, Kathryn, are the parents of two children -- Marcus and Righton. They are Methodists.
The 1st Senatorial District which Johnson represents includes portions of Chatham and Bryan Counties.