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J. Bennett Johnston

J. Bennett JohnstonAKA John Bennett Johnston, Jr.

Born: 10-Jun-1932
Birthplace: Shreveport, LA

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Senator from Louisiana, 1972-97

Military service: US Army (1956-59)

Authored the 1987 "Screw Nevada" bill, designating Yucca Mountain as America's site for long-term nuclear waste storage. Founded the lobbying firm Johnston & Associates months after leaving office.

In December 2000, George W. Bush offered Johnston the post of Energy Secretary. Before he could accept it, Nevada Senator Harry Reid held a news conference and publicly declared his intention to block Johnston's confirmation. If [Bush] is responding by appointing Bennett Johnston, we should all be afraid[...] I told [Johnston], 'Im going to do everything I can to prevent you from getting this job.'" Two days later, Johnston declined the post. "I decided it would be unfair to ask my dear wife, Mary, who spent many years being a political widow, to be asked once again to put aside her wishes for my political career. She would've said yes, had I insisted."

Wife: Mary Johnston

    University: Washington and Lee University
    University: US Military Academy, West Point
    Law School: LLB, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge (1956)

    Johnston & Associates LLC President (1997-)
    US Senator, Louisiana (1972-97)
    Louisiana State Senate (1968-72)
    Louisiana State House of Representatives (1964-68)
    Member of the Board of Asia Universal Bank (2007-)
    Member of the Board of Chevron (1997-)
    Member of the Board of Freeport-McMoRan (1997-)
    Alfalfa Club
    Americans for Generational Equity Trustee
    Bilderberg Group 1991 attendee
    Caring Institute Board of Trustees (Honorary)
    Close Up Foundation Board of Advisors
    Committee to Elect Lindsey Graham
    Freemasonry
    Friends for Harry Reid
    Friends of Hillary
    Friends of Joe Lieberman
    Gore 2000
    Green Mountain PAC
    Hillary Clinton for President
    Louisiana State Bar Association 1956
    New Leadership for America PAC
    Louisiana Political Hall of Fame 1997


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