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journalist , lawyer , politician , Member of the Wyoming State Senate

ROBERT JOHNSON, American Lawyer, Partner of ROBERT H. JOHNSON, specializing in the field of General and Trial Practice. Probate, Real Estate, Corporation, Administrative, Water Rights and Mining Law.

Background

Johnson was born in Denver, Colorado, to Henry Johnson and the former Samantha Haines.

Education

In 1934, he graduated from high school in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Four years later, he graduated from the University of Wyoming at Laramie, where he was the president of the Blue Pencil journalism honorary society and campus correspondent for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, then known as the State Tribune of Cheyenne.

Career

In 1941, Johnson began five years of service in United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a bomber pilot and second lieutenant. In 1944, he was sent to England with the 466th Bombardment Group for combat duty with the 8th Air Force. His first flight in combat was as a deputy group leader of an attack on Berlin, Germany.

Johnson flew thirty combat missions over Europe, including special assignments for support of the French Resistance forces against the Nazis. Upon release from active duty in 1946, he was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel.

Upon graduation from UW in 1938, Johnson became state editor of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and thereafter part owner and editor of the Northern Wyoming Daily News in Worland in Washakie County. In 1948, he relocated to Rock Springs, where for more than a decade he was managing editor and subsequently general manager of the Rock Springs Daily Rocket-Miner. On July 11, 1949, in Rock Springs, Johnson wed the former Helen Marie Hamm, who died in 2005.

The couple had three children. In 1961, at the age of forty-five, he left the newspaper business to attend Harvard law school at the University of Wyoming. He returned to Rock Springs, a heavily Democratic community, to practice law from 1963 until retiring in 1996.

His state Senate service spanned three four-year terms, including two years as the Democratic floor leader and two others as the chairman of the Senate Labor Committee. He also chaired a special committee to rewrite the Wyoming education code. He was the Chairman floor leader for House Bill 208, which expanded the trona industry.

In 1972, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida, which nominated the U.S. Senator George S. McGovern of South Dakota for the U.S. presidency. He was an alternate delegate to several other Democratic conventions. During his newspaper years, Levi served on the board of directors and president of the Wyoming Press Association.

He was also the chairman of the Sweetwater County Library Board in Rock Springs. He was affiliated with the American Legion, the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, and the bar association. He served on the board of the Western Wyoming Community College Foundation in Rock Springs.

Johnson died in Rock Springs at the age of ninety-four. Another daughter, Susan M. Johnson, died in 1999.

Achievements

  • He was also a member of the varsity wrestling team and an intramural boxing champion. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Works

  • Other Work

    • "Wyoming Education Code of 1969," 5 Wyoming Land & Water Law Review 531. "Shareholders’ Right to Direct Recovery in Derivative Suits," 17 Wyoming Law Journal 208. "Piercing The Corporate Veil in Wyoming," 17 Wyoming Law Journal 63.

      State Senator, Wyoming, 1967 City Attorney, City of Rock Springs, 1973-1979. District Court, Commissioner, since 1980.

Membership

Sweetwater County (President, 1984 and American Bar Associations. Wyoming State Bar; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association.