|Chair of the House Committee on Public Works|
January 3, 1977 - January 3, 1981
|Robert E. Jones Jr.|
|James J. Howard|
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
January 3, 1959 - January 3, 1981
|Eugene A. Chappie|
|Constituency||2nd District (1959-1975) |
1st District (1975-1981)
Harold Terry Johnson
December 2, 1907
Broderick, California, U.S.
|Died||March 16, 1988 (aged 80)|
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Albra Irene Manuel (1937-1983; her death)|
Born in Broderick, California, Johnson earned his lifelong nickname "Bizz" at age four when his uncle observed him leading the other children and compared him to Bismarck. He attended public school in Roseville and the University of Nevada. He worked for the Pacific Fruit Express Company, starting as a clerk before rising to a supervisory position, and was a district chairman of the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks.
Johnson entered politics as a trustee of the Roseville school board in 1941, was elected to the Roseville city council in 1943, and served as mayor of Roseville. In 1948, he was elected to the California State Senate representing Placer, Nevada and Sierra counties. In the legislature, he supported the creation of a four-lane highway across the Sierra Nevada that eventually became Interstate 80. He also sponsored legislation to ensure that the 1960 Winter Olympics would be held in Squaw Valley.
Johnson was elected to his first of eleven terms to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1958, eventually becoming chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation in 1977. He was a proponent of the Auburn Dam on the American River, however the project never came to fruition. He was known as a stubborn negotiator and resisted efforts to transfer control of Washington Union Station from the Interior Department to the Transportation Department.
Johnson was reelected by comfortable margins, even as the district turned more conservative. However, Johnson lost reelection to Republican state assemblyman Eugene A. Chappie in 1980 on the back of former California Governor Ronald Reagan's strong victory in that year's presidential election, falling to only 39.8 percent of the vote. After his defeat, he continued to lobby for uncompleted projects that had been authorized when he in office. Proving just how Republican this district was, a Democrat has only cracked the 40 percent barrier six times since Johnson left office.
| Member California State Senate, 7th District
Ronald G. Cameron
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Eugene A. Chappie
Robert E. Jones
| Chairman of House Transportation Committee
James J. Howard