Mike Johnston has spent his life running towards our country’s hardest problems.
Mike began his work in public service as a teacher in one of America’s poorest counties. He returned to Colorado where he worked as a school principal in a juvenile prison and helped turn around a struggling school for immigrant families, making it the first school in state history where 100% of seniors graduated and earned acceptance into college. He served as a policy adviser to President Obama, and from 2009 through 2017, served in the state Senate.
As a State Senator Mike co-sponsored legislation mandating universal background checks and proudly supported the measure that imposed a 15-round limit on magazines. He took on the NRA twice—and won. Additionally, he spearheaded the passage of a bill that enabled undocumented high school students to pursue college by granting them the right to pay in-state tuition at all public Colorado colleges. And Mike successfully pushed to increase the state’s renewable energy standards to exceed those outlined in the Paris Climate Accord.
Now Mike is running for U.S. Senate to stand up to Donald Trump and fight for Colorado; he’ll get results on the issues that matter most like climate change, immigration, health care, and guns.
Mike was raised in Eagle County, Colorado, and lives in Northeast Denver with his wife Courtney, a District Attorney, and three children.