Senator Mark Johnson will host a campaign launch event at Holly’s Home Cooking on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., where voting citizens are encouraged to attend and meet the Senator in person. Please confirm your attendance by emailing Catherine Johnson at [email protected] or by calling 501-347-4399.
Johnson is running for reelection for the Arkansas State Senate in the newly redesigned District 17, encompassing the rural western part of Pulaski County, southern Faulkner County, including Mayflower and the majority of the town of Conway. Johnson is the son of the late Virginia and Jim Johnson of Conway, and grew up just north of Conway on Beaverfork Lake, attending Ellen Smith Elementary School, Conway High School and Hendrix College. He is a retired business consultant and lives in rural western Pulaski County with his wife, Catherine. They are parents of two grown daughters.
During his first term in the Senate, Johnson was a member of the City, County and Local Affairs Committee and the Income and Tax Committee, working with his colleagues to successfully lower the tax rate for state revenues.
“We must continue to reduce and eventually eliminate our personal income tax in order to put more money in the pockets of our citizens and to be competitive with our neighboring states,” Johnson said.
He was also the sponsor of Law 1109, which completely eliminated the Arkansas sales tax on gold, silver, and other commodities, giving them the same tax treatment as stocks, bonds, and the like. investments.
Following the vandalism of the Arkansas State Capitol building last year, Johnson sponsored Law 1003, which created criminal penalties for desecration of the Capitol and protects historic monuments.
“Law 1003 stopped the removal of our monuments by culture officers from cancellation,” Johnson said.
Senator Johnson was also among a group of Republican lawmakers who passed several electoral integrity bills during the 2021 session, sponsoring or co-sponsoring more than 15 electoral reform measures, including legislation to strengthen Arkansas voter identification laws; and to increase ballot security.
He was proud to support all pro-life bills submitted to the Senate in 2021, helping Arkansas to be recognized again by Americans United for Life as the most pro-life state in the country. He has co-sponsored legislation to protect Second Amendment rights, including Bill 250, protecting an individual’s right to use lethal force in the face of imminent danger.
Johnson is committed to supporting efforts to protect the individual right of every citizen to make their own medical decisions about vaccines, in consultation with their own physician.
“I respect the rights and freedom of conscience of every individual in these areas,” Johnson said, adding: “I have supported and will continue to support legislation to end government mask mandates and ban mandates vaccines by employers. “