Bob Johnson of Lee's Summit has filed for MO St. Rep. of the 34th District
March 25, 2014
Bob Johnson, a longtime public servant from Lee’s Summit, filed Tuesday for the Missouri House of Representatives in the open 34th District.
Johnson, a Republican who describes himself and his constituents as “fiscally conservative and socially moderate”, has been a member of the Lee’s Summit City Council since 2008. Johnson previously served in the Missouri House and the Missouri Senate.
“I am proud of my experience, and I would like to bring that experience and my vitality to work for all Missourians,” Johnson said. “I am excited about the opportunity to continue my service to our community as a member of the Missouri House.”
A former homebuilder in Lee’s Summit, Johnson supports lessening the tax burden on Missourians, and he actively promotes more responsible guidelines in the use of tax increment financing.
“We need to pull back on special interest tax credit programs,” Johnson said. “Last year, our state lost out on more than $600 million of revenue because of tax credit obligations. With so much tax money being exempted from tax collection, Missouri is finding it difficult to pay for needed services like roads, higher education, public schools, catastrophic care for the disabled and law enforcement.”
A graduate of Central Missouri State University (presently University of Central Missouri), Johnson is also a staunch advocate for public education. He previously served on the School Board in the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and, as a member of the Missouri House, “I will do everything in my power to assure that we make strengthening and funding our public school system the state’s number 1 priority.”
An independent thinker who is not afraid to speak out on controversial issues, Johnson’s political style is one of inclusion. In a political climate that Johnson says “is so polarized that it is paralyzed,” Johnson embraces dialogue and intelligent, mature debate. More important, he’s beholden to his constituents, not to a party line or a special group.
“Voters in Missouri aren’t looking for an ideological government,” Johnson said. “They’re looking for a problem-solving government.”