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Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Virginia Johnson served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks from January 2017 to July 2017. As principal deputy, Johnson assisted the assistant secretary whose job it is to “provid[e] policy guidance and direction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service” and who also “has the direct responsibility for programs associated with the management and conservation of natural resources.”

Former Interior employee Virginia Johnson began her career in 1987, as an attorney at D.C. law firm, while working as an adjunct professor at Georgetown. Starting in 1996, she worked in a “variety of counselor roles” on Capitol Hill, including working as counsel on the House Natural Resources Committee. In 2004, Johnson went back to North Carolina to run for Congress, but after losing, she returned through D.C.’s revolving door as a lobbyist for the American Red Cross. In 2006, she returned to work for the federal government at the Department of Defense under the Bush administration and then became Rep. Dan Benishek’s Chief of Staff. Most recently, Johnson worked for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, where she “lead North Carolina’s federal relations office, [and served] as the governor’s chief advocate in Washington, D.C.”

Sources: [“Assistant Secretary For Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Department of the Interior,” Our Public Service, accessed 06/07/17, Corbin Hiar, “7 former Hill aides among 19 staffers joining Zinke’s team,” Energy & Environment, 05/30/17, LinkedIn Profile for Virginia Johnson, accessed 06/06/17, “Virginia Johnson (’85) to serve as N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s Chief Advocate in Washington, D.C.,” Wake Forest University School of Law, 02/26/14, United States: US Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor and Pensions Handbook. Washington, DC: International Business Publications, 2009. 117, and LinkedIn Profile for Virginia Johnson, accessed 10/24/17]

Political Connections

Since 2005, Virginia Johnson has donated at least $4,900 to Republican politicians, including Virginia Foxx, Richard Burr, and Mark Kirk.

[Political Moneyline Search for Virginia Johnson, CQ, accessed 06/06/17]

Financials

Department of the Interior salary: $161,900

[Virginia Johnson, ProPublica’s Trump Town, accessed 03/15/18]

Other Information

Virginia Johnson ran an unsuccessful congressional campaign in 2004.

Virginia Johnson ran for a seat in Congress “in North Carolina’s 13th District in 2004” but she lost “to incumbent Democratic Rep. Brad Miller that year.”

[LinkedIn Profile for Virginia Johnson, accessed 06/06/17, and “Virginia Johnson (’85) to serve as N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory’s Chief Advocate in Washington, D.C.,” Wake Forest University School of Law, 02/26/14]