District town: Windham
Election history: Johnson won the open seat in 2008, succeeding five-term Democrat Walter Pawelkiewicz, who retired.
2008 general election
|Susan M. Johnson (D)||5,606||70 percent|
|Daniel M. Lein (R)||2,287||29 percent|
|Robert D. Gorgoglione (CC)||85||1 percent|
2008 Democratic primary
|Susan M. Johnson||881||70 percent|
|Thomas W. White||385||30 percent|
Public financing: Johnson qualified for $24,800 in public financing for her primary campaign and $24,211.25 for the general election under the Citizens’ Election Program. She returned $3,372.55 to the state.
Background: Johnson is a former Windham selectman. She worked as an advocate for Medicare recipients as a non-lawyer working for Connecticut Legal Services, then obtained her law degree and opened a law office with her husband.
Committees: Education, Energy and Technology, Finance
Education: A.S., Manchester Community College; B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University; J.D., Western New England School of Law
Occupation: Attorney, O’Brien & Johnson
2008 Financial Disclosure: Johnson reported rental income as her only outside income. She reported no income from O’Brien & Johnson, the law partnership with her husband, Dennis O’Brien.
She and her husband own a home in the Willimantic section of Windham and a condominium in Melbourne, Fla., which they rent. Johnson also owns property in Maine, where she was born. They have limited stock holdings.
Johnson reported owing debts of more than $10,000 to Chelsea Groton Savings Bank and the National City Mortgage Corp.
A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000.