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Nancy L. Johnson Papers

Identifier: 2007-0008

Scope and Contents

The papers of Congresswoman Nancy Lee Johnson. The collection contains floor and committee statements, correspondence, speeches, reports, studies, bills, schedules, awards, photographs, videos and campaign materials documenting Ms. Johnson's career in the U.S. House of Representatives.


  • undated, 1983-2009


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Nancy Lee Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory School (1953) and from Radcliffe College (1957). She attended the University of London's Courtauld Institute in 1957 and 1958.

Ms. Johnson began her political career as a Senator in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1977-1982. In 1982, Ms. Johnson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Democrat William E. Curry, Jr.. She replaced Democrat Anthony Moffett ("Toby"), who made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate that year. In 2002, Johnson's New Britain-based district was merged with the Waterbury-based 5th District of Democratic Congressman Jim Maloney.

The most senior woman in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 109th Congress, she is a recognized authority on health policy. Ms. Johnson's legislative accomplishments include a variety of matters related to health care, children, taxes, manufacturing and the environment. She co-authored the national Children's Health Insurance Program, was a principal author of the Medicare Modernization Act and authored several taxpayer rights bills as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee. As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and a free-trade proponent, Ms. Johnson played an integral role in passage of every major tax bill, trade agreement and health care initiative during her tenure on the committee.

Representative Johnson was the first Republican woman to be appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and also the first woman to chair one of its subcommittees. As a member and chairman of the Health Subcommittee, Ms. Johnson co-authored the laws that expanded Medicare to cover prescription drugs, chronic care management, increased preventive health benefits, and care offered by nurse specialists, physician assistants and nutritionists. She also introduced the health information technology legislation that led to the establishment of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) and fought for broad adoption of HIT to reduce medical errors and improve care quality. She also led the Long Term Care Coalition, was an avid supporter of Community Health Centers and children's hospitals, and worked to pass malpractice reform and mental health parity legislation.

Throughout her service on the committee, she co-authored many reforms of our pension laws, creating the Simple Plan for small businesses, many tax incentives to encourage personal savings and passage of the landmark Portman-Cardin reform and the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which together broadened pension participation significatnly. In the 109th Congress she changed the tax treatment of annuity payments when directed to long term care facilities, creating a new and more flexible option for long term care coverage.

In support of manufacturing and small business, Congresswoman Johnson focused on tax incentives to invest: increasing expensing for small business, modernizing depreciation law to support high tech manufacturing, authoring the alternative research and development credit to support product development by startups and reformed the low income housing tax credit to improve affordable housing options. She was a consistent advocate for the federal program that assists small manufacturers in improving quality and productivity and of lower tax rates to maintain entrepreneurial vitality.

Representing a trading state, Ms. Johnson introduced and worked for passage of trade negotiating authority, agreements expanding market access and laws strengthening enforcement of intellectual property rights, anti-dumping and other fair trade initiatives. She worked to increase funding for Department of Commerce export promotion and support services and for the Foreign Commercial Service, and was a strong support of the EX-IM Bank. She provided extensive constituent services to those needing to be heard by the USTR or other federal agencies and worked closely with companies to better inform their employees regarding trade, tax, and other issues affecting their competitiveness and future.

As chairman of the Human Resources Subcommittee, Ms. Johnson improved foster care programs, and expanded the Independent Living Program to support teenagers aging out of foster care and transitioning to college or work. She championed health and child care benefits for families leaving public assistance and led the adoption of much stronger laws to enforce child support responsibilities. She early understood the danger to children of sex predators on the internet and led passage of increased funding and better law enforcement tools to apprehend internet sex predators.

As the chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee, she authored a series of taxpayer rights bills that provided protections for individuals and small businesses and implemented the recommendations of the commission to reorganize the IRS to modernize consumer services and enhance agency accountability.

Ms. Jonson currently is a senior public policy advisor in Washington, D.C., office and focuses on health care, tax and trade matters.

Professional Honors & Activities

  1. 2007 Fellow – Institute of Poitemtics at Harvard University
  2. 2006 Artic Refuge Congressional Champion Award – The Audubon Society
  3. 2006 Leadership Award – eHEALTH Connecticut
  4. 2006 Visiting Nurses Association Award for Patience and Tenacity in Support of Homecare
  5. 2005 Edgar Wayburn Award – Sierra Club
  6. 2005 Legislator of the Year Award – The American College of Physicians
  7. 2004 Hero of the Taxpayer Award – Americans for Tax Reform
  8. 2004 Special Merit Award, Manufacturing Advocate of the Year Award – CONNSTEP
  9. 2003 Alfred B. Lewis President's Award – Disease Management Association of America
  10. 2003 R.J. Corletta Award for Achievement in Affordable Housing
  11. 2002 The Mary Eitemza Mahoney Award – National Minority Health Month
  12. 2002 Circle of Excellence Award – The Latino Coaitemtion
  13. 2002 President's Recognition Award – National PTA
  14. 2000 Government Leadership in the Arts Award – American's for the Arts
  15. 1998 Outstanding Women in International Trade – Association of Women in International Trade
  16. 1996 Outstanding Service Award – Community Action Agencies and Programs and Head Start
  17. 1994 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Pubitemc Service – American Medical Association
  18. Spirit of Enterprise – National Chamber of Commerce – Received repeatedly
  19. National Federation of Independent Businessmen (NFIB) – Received repeatedly

Honorary Degrees

  1. Baypath College, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1999
  2. University of New Haven, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, 1995
  3. University of Hartford, Doctor of Laws, 1989
  4. University of Bridgeport, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1985


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The papers of Congresswoman Nancy Lee Johnson. A member of the Connecticut state senate (1977-1982) and delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1980, Ms. Johnson was elected as a Republican to the Ninety-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1983-January 3, 2007). Ms. Johnson was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 2007, representing first the 6th district and later the 5th District of Connecticut following the elimination of the 6th district.


The boxes have been numbered and inventoried as they are currently shelved.

Inventory (undated, 1983-2006)

Acquisition Information

The majority of the materials were donated by Ms. Johnson in January and April 2007. Additional materials were added in October 2007.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to Connecticut politics. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

The Hartford Club 'Women Who Dare' Series with former congresswomen Barbara Kennelly and Nancy Johnson DVD 107

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Revision Statements

  • 2013: Addition

Repository Details

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