Interview with Eric Johnson, October 17, 2017

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Eric Johnson was born in New Orleans, and moved to Savannah, Georgia with his wife. He studied architecture and has worked as a principal architect at Hussey, Gay, Bell and Deyoung International, as well as at North Point Real Estate. Johnson became involved in Republican politics through aiding Jack Kingston's campaign for the Georgia House of Represenatives, and later aiding Mack Mattingly's U.S. Senate campaigns in 1980 and 1986, including serving as Mattingly's regional director. Johnson was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a Republican in 1992, and after one term, gave up his seat to run for the state Senate, where he served until 2009, when he ran as a candidate in the Georgia gubernatorial race. Johnson served as Minority Leader from 1998 to 2003, and in 2003, following party switching and a new Republican majority in the General Assembly, Johnson was elected Senate President Pro Tempore. After retiring as an elected official, Johnson returned to his architecture business and was appointed to the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Board of Directors.






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90 minutes


Eric Johnson and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Eric Johnson, October 17, 2017,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024,