Johnson was born and raised in North Dakota. He went to school at the University of New Mexico where he graduated in 1975 with a degree in science. Shortly after college Johnson founded a construction company, Big J Enterprises, a successful company which Johnson sold in 1999. Johnson entered and won the 1994 New Mexico Gubernatorial election. Johnson served two terms as Governor.

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Former Governor of New Mexico
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Candidate Profile

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Full Name: 
Gary Earl Johnson
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, January 1, 1953

Minot, North Dakota

New Mexico
Alma Mater: 
University of New Mexico (B.S.)

Business Owner



On the Issues

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Johnson is against amnesty for illegal immigrants, but does support a work visa as well as requiring them to pay taxes.

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Johnson, a former business owner, is a big proponent of smaller government and cutting taxes.

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Johnson believes in a reduction in defense spending and believes we are wasting a lot of money and not becoming any more safe, especially in our missile defense program.

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Johnson is indecisive on global warming but believes the effects are exaggerated and would not take initiatives to combat emissions.

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Legislative Career

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1995 to 2003
New Mexico