Gary Earl Johnson is an American businessman. He is also an author and a politician. He served as the 29th Governor of New Mexico. He was the Libertarian Party nominee for the President of The United States in the 2012 and 2016 elections. Right now, he is the Libertarian party nominee for U.S. Senate in the 2018 New Mexico Elections. Hence, if you are interested to know about the early life, career and net worth of Gary Johnson in 2018, scroll down for more.
Early Life & Biography
Johnson was born on the 1st of January, 1953 in North Dakota. He graduated from Sandia High School in New Mexico. He attended the University of New Mexico where he earned a graduate degree in Political Science. While in college he went about as a door to door handyman and did so well at it that he began his own business, Big J Enterprises in 1976. He received a contract from Intel’s expansion. That was his major break.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Johnson entered politics in 1994. He had the intention of running for Governor despite advice given by people to do otherwise. He won. As Governor, he followed an approach of the small government. In the office, he reduced 10 % of the state’s annual budget.
In 1998 he ran for election as Governor again. He won by a margin of 55% to 45%. This made him the first Governor to hold office for two consecutive terms.
In 2000, New Mexico was in turmoil. There was the Cerro Grande Fire. The Denver Post congratulated him for the way he handled the disaster.
Johnson could not run for Governor for the third consecutive year. He now serves as part of the Advisory Council of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. He is also on the board of directors of Students for Liberty. In 2012, he published his first book called Seven Principles of Good Government.
In the year 2009, Johnson started showing an interest in running for President in the 2012 elections. He announced his decision to form an advocacy committee to raise funds.
In 2011, he was the speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference and Republican Liberty Caucus. He brought up some controversial points, but the crowd still liked him.
In 2011, he finally announced that he would be running for President. Later in the year, he withdrew his candidacy for Republican presidential nomination and instead he declared his candidacy for the 2012 presidential nomination for the Libertarian Party in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He made media appearances and visited college campuses as part of his campaign. He also took part in a third-party debate which was aired on TV. He received 1% of the popular vote.
In December 2013, he founded his own Super PAC. In 2014, he became President and CEO of Cannabis Sativa Inc.
In July 2018, Johnson was nominated by the Libertarian Party of New Mexico as Dunn’s replacement.
Net Worth & Earnings
Johnson had started his career as a businessman. He had been very successful in his business and had also earned fame and recognition. He had successfully built up his estate through his brilliance as well as hard work, which had gained him enough fortune. After that, his career in politics had only been icing on the cake. Though he had faced lots of controversies, Johnson had been firm in his motive of achieving success. Hence, the present net worth of Gary Johnson has been approximated to be $12 million.
Gary Johnson has led quite a controversial life. His views have been described as fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He was identified as a classical liberal. He had a philosophy of limited government and military non-interventionism.