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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Dennis Johnson (Republican Party) is a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 15. He assumed office in 1992. His current term ends on November 30, 2022.

Johnson (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the North Dakota House of Representatives to represent District 15. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Johnson's professional experience includes working as a farmer. He served with the U.S. Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War.

Caucuses/Former Committees

Former Member, Crop Protection Product Harmonization and Registration Board, North Dakota State House of Representatives

Former Member, Joint Advisory Committee on Sustainable Agriculture, North Dakota State House of Representatives

Former Chair, Joint Committee on Agriculture and Transportation, North Dakota State House of Representatives

Former Member, Joint Committee on Higher Education, North Dakota State House of Representatives

Former Member, Midwestern Higher Education Commission, North Dakota State House of Representatives

Professional Experience

  • Served, United States Navy Seabees, Vietnam

Political Experience

  • Served, United States Navy Seabees, Vietnam
  • Representative, North Dakota State Assembly, 1992-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota State House of Representatives, District 1, 2018

Current Legislative Committees

Chair, Agriculture Committee

Member, Education Committee

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Served, United States Navy Seabees, Vietnam
  • Representative, North Dakota State Assembly, 1992-present
  • Candidate, North Dakota State House of Representatives, District 1, 2018
  • Member, American Legion
  • Board Member, Devils Lake Mercy Hospital
  • Member, Farm Bureau
  • Member, Farmers Union
  • Board Member, Friends of Fort Totten
  • Member, Lake Emergency Management
  • Member, Midwest Higher Education Compact
  • Member, North Dakota Grain Growers
  • Member, North Dakota Stockman
  • Board Member, Sheyenne-Oberon Equity Coop Elevator
  • Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars

Other Info

  • 2

Policy Positions

North Dakota State Legislative Election 2000 National Political Awareness Test

Abortion

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

1. Abortions should always be illegal.
- No Answer

2. Abortions should always be legally available.
- No Answer

3. Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
- No Answer

4. Abortions should be legal when pregnancy results from incest, rape or the life of the woman is endangered.
- No Answer

5. Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
- No Answer

6. Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
- X

7. Support "buffer zones" at abortion clinics by requiring demonstrators to remain a certain distance from doorways and driveways.
- No Answer

8. Prohibit public funding for abortions and organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
- No Answer

9. Other
- No Answer

Budget and Tax

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels you will support for the following general categories.

1. Education (Higher)
- Slightly Increase Funding

2. Education (K-12)
- Greatly Increase Funding

3. Environment
- Maintain Funding Status

4. Health care
- Maintain Funding Status

5. Law enforcement
- Slightly Increase Funding

6. Transportation and Highway infrastructure
- Maintain Funding Status

7. Welfare
- Maintain Funding Status

8. Other
- No Answer

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels you will support.

1. Alcohol taxes
- Maintain Status

2. Capital gains taxes
- Maintain Status

3. Cigarette taxes
- Maintain Status

4. Corporate taxes
- Maintain Status

5. Gasoline taxes
- Maintain Status

6. Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
- Slightly Increase

7. Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
- Slightly Increase

8. Inheritance taxes
- Slightly Decrease

9. Property taxes
- Slightly Decrease

10. Sales taxes
- Slightly Decrease

11. Vehicle taxes
- No Answer

12. Other
- No Answer

13. Should Internet sales be taxed?
- Yes

14. Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
- Undecided

15. Would you support returning any operating surplus to North Dakota taxpayers?
- Undecided

16. Would you support placing any operating surplus into a "rainy day" fund?
- Yes

17. Do you support using a portion of oil and gas tax revenue to grant North Dakota residents a tax credit on residential, agricultural and commercial property?
- Yes

18. Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement toward the Common Schools Trust Fund?
- Yes

19. Do you support allocating a portion of the tobacco settlement to expand the Children's Health Insurance Program?
- No Answer

Crime

Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.

1. Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
- No Answer

2. Support contracting with private sector firms to build and/or manage state prisons.
- No Answer

3. End parole for repeat violent offenders.
- No Answer

4. Implement the death penalty in North Dakota.
- No Answer

5. Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
- No Answer

6. Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
- X

7. Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
- X

8. Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
- No Answer

9. Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
- No Answer

10. Lower the blood alcohol content limit defining drunk driving.
- No Answer

11. Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
- No Answer

12. Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
- No Answer

13. Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes.
- No Answer

14. Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
- No Answer

15. Ban the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officers.
- No Answer

16. Combine state, federal and tribal jurisdictions for Native Americans into a single system to create a more uniform criminal justice system.
- No Answer

17. Other
- No Answer

Education

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

1. Increase state funds for professional development of public school teachers and administrators.
- No Answer

2. Encourage private or corporate investment in public school programs.
- No Answer

3. Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious).
- No Answer

4. Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
- No Answer

5. Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
- No Answer

6. Increase state funds for hiring additional teachers.
- No Answer

7. Endorse teacher-led voluntary prayer in public schools.
- No Answer

8. Support posting the Ten Commandments in public schools.
- X

9. Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
- No Answer

10. Support national standards and testing of public school students.
- No Answer

11. Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
- No Answer

12. Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
- X

13. Require state school districts to spend annual "end balance" surpluses on education.
- No Answer

14. Consolidate school districts in North Dakota.
- No Answer

15. Other
- No Answer

Employment and Affirmative Action

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning employment.

1. Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding or relocating businesses.
- X

2. Reduce state government regulations on the private sector to encourage investment and economic expansion.
- X

3. Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
- X

4. Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
- X

5. Increase state funds to expand the technology infrastructure of North Dakota.
- X

6. Use mediators instead of courts to settle workers compensation claims.
- X

7. Provide state funds to encourage economic development in North Dakota's rural areas.
- X

8. Other
- No Answer

Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

1. College and university admissions
- No

2. Public employment
- No

3. State contracting
- No

4. Other
- No Answer

Environment & Energy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

1. Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
- X

2. Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
- No Answer

3. Require a cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
- X

4. Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses on privately owned land.
- No Answer

5. Support funding for recycling programs in North Dakota.
- X

6. Request added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
- X

7. Suspend participation in un-funded, federally-mandated environmental protection legislation.
- No Answer

8. Restructure the electric utility industry to allow consumers to choose their power companies.
- No Answer

9. Support legalization of industrial hemp.
- X

10. Support a constitutional amendment to preserve the right of North Dakota residents to hunt, fish and trap on state lands.
- No Answer

11. Grant the Public Service Commission jurisdiction over mergers between electric cooperatives.
- No Answer

12. Provide state funds to research the development of renewable energy resources.
- X

13. Other
- No Answer

14. Should state environmental regulations be stricter than federal law?
- No

Government Reform

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding government reform.

1. Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota Governors?
- No

2. Do you support limiting the number of terms for North Dakota State Senators and Representatives?
- No

3. Should State Representative terms be changed from four years to two years?
- No

4. Individual
- No

5. PAC
- No

6. Corporate
- No

7. Political Parties
- No

8. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

9. Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
- No

10. Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
- No

11. Do you support voting on-line?
- Yes

12. Do you support on-line voter registration?
- No

13. Do you support implementing voter registration in North Dakota?
- Yes

14. Do you support eliminating the office of State Treasurer?
- No

15. Other
- No Answer

Gun

Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

1. Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
- No Answer

2. Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- X

3. Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

4. Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
- No Answer

5. Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
- X

6. Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
- No Answer

7. Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
- No Answer

8. Require a license for gun possession.
- No Answer

9. Other
- No Answer

Health

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.

1. Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
- No Answer

2. Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state funded care where necessary.
- X

3. Transfer more existing Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
- No Answer

4. Use state funds to continue some Medicaid coverage for legal immigrants.
- No Answer

5. Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
- No Answer

6. Support a patient's right to sue his or her HMO.
- No Answer

7. Support a patient's right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
- X

8. Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
- No Answer

9. Provide state funds to assist rural areas in hiring and retaining health care professions.
- X

10. Other
- No Answer

Social

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

1. Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
- No Answer

2. Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
- No Answer

3. Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
- No Answer

4. Increase state funding for Head Start in order to serve additional children and/or increase services from a half to a full day.
- No Answer

5. Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
- No Answer

6. Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans, and job training and placement.
- X

7. Allocate gambling revenue to fund gambling addiction treatment programs.
- No Answer

8. Other
- No Answer

9. Should physician-assisted suicide be legally available in North Dakota?
- No

10. Should North Dakota include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?
- No

11. Should North Dakota recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
- No

12. Should North Dakota restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?
- Yes

Welfare and Poverty

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.

1. Maintain current time limits on welfare benefits.
- X

2. Maintain the requirement that able-bodied recipients work in order to receive benefits.
- No Answer

3. Increase employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
- No Answer

4. Provide tax incentives to businesses that hire welfare recipients.
- No Answer

5. Provide child care for welfare recipients who work.
- No Answer

6. Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
- No Answer

7. Allow welfare recipients to remain eligible for benefits while saving money for education, starting a business or buying a home.
- No Answer

8. Limit benefits given to recipients if they have additional children while on welfare.
- No Answer

9. Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
- No Answer

10. Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
- No Answer

11. Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to expand state services to include the working poor.
- No Answer

12. Other
- No Answer

Legislative Priorities

Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.
- No Answer

State Bills
Elections

2018

General election
General election for North Dakota House of Representatives District 15 (2 seats)

Incumbent Dennis Johnson and incumbent Greg Westlind defeated Bill Mertens in the general election for North Dakota House of Representatives District 15 on November 6, 2018.

Dennis Johnson (R)
40.5%
3,836 Votes

Greg Westlind (R)
33.8%
3,203 Votes

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Bill Mertens (D)
25.2%
2,381 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.5%
46 Votes

Total votes: 9,466

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 15 (2 seats)

Bill Mertens advanced from the Democratic primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 15 on June 12, 2018.

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Bill Mertens
100.0%
761 Votes

Total votes: 761

Republican primary election
Republican primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 15 (2 seats)

Incumbent Dennis Johnson and incumbent Greg Westlind advanced from the Republican primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 15 on June 12, 2018.

Dennis Johnson
52.9%
1,275 Votes

Greg Westlind
47.1%
1,134 Votes

Total votes: 2,409

2014

Elections for the North Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Curt Hofstad and incumbent Dennis Johnson were unopposed in the Republican primary and were unchallenged in the general election.

2010

Johnson won re-election to one of two seats in District 15 of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Johnson and fellow Republican incumbent Curt Hofstad faced no opposition in the November 2 general election.

North Dakota State House, District 15

Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Johnson (R) 3,553
Green check mark transparent.png Curt Hofstad (R) 3,442

2006

On November 7, 2006, Johnson won election by finishing 1st out of 4 candidates for District 15 of the North Dakota House of Representatives.

North Dakota House of Representatives, District 15

Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Johnson (R) 2,398
Green check mark transparent.png Curt Hofstad (R) 2,320
Beverly A Honkola (D-NPL) 1,959
Russell Pearson (D-NPL) 1,893