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Tim Johnson Tim Johnson is a senator in the 108th congress He started his political career in 1978 when he was elected into the South Dakota House of Representatives as a democrat a very important position He was re elected in 1980 for another two year term In 1982 he became a State senator He served one more term from 1984-1986 In 1986 he decided to go to Washington to bring South Dakotas interests to the capital He was elected into the United States House of Representatives He served for 10 years until 1996 when he finally ran for senator and was elected in into the 108th congress and was re elected in 2002 for his term which will be ending in 2009 As a senator Tim Johnson tries best to represent the interests of his home state He is a liberal leaning populist which means he believes that standards of morality and safety should be enforced by the government and that a good society is achieved by the government redistributing wealth and that the government is responsible for deciding which programs are best for society and how much should be spent on each program wwwontheissuesorgsenateTimjohnsonhtm He opposes issues such as abortion gun ownership immigration and enforcing drug laws more strictly He supports forcing companies to hire more women and minorities the death penalty giving more federal funding for health coverage and expanding free trade Tim Johnson is a very active member of the United States Senate He is on many senate subcommittees He is on the Subcommittee for Agriculture Rural Development and Related Services the subcommittee on foreign operations he is the chairman of the subcommittee on financial institutions the subcommittee on the budget several subcommittees on energy and natural resources and the subcommittee on Indian affairs He also sponsors and co-sponsors many bills and resolutions Among the many bills that Tim Johnson has sponsored he has sponsored s 51 a
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