Al Johnson is a commonsense Republican running to represent the 34th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Al is honored to serve and give back to the community that has been so good to him and his family for almost 20 years. Uniquely qualified as a businessman, diplomat, legislative staffer, and long-term resident of McLean, Al is the candidate best able to represent our community.
Al strongly believes in public service, having worked in both the executive and legislative branches of government. While serving as an Ambassador and US trade negotiator in the United States Trade Representative’s Office, he advocated for free market policies with every major US trading partner. His work helped create jobs, economic growth, and tens of billions of dollars of U.S. exports. Al is committed to bringing these skills with him to Richmond to ensure Virginia is a leader in the 21st Century global economy.
While serving as a top-level Administration official, as well as a Senate staffer, Al learned the importance of finding common ground to better serve constituents. Al believes in making the complex relationship between the federal and state governments as efficient as possible. Al is experienced in building coalitions to cut through the red tape, develop common objectives and get meaningful results. He knows that competition and opportunities don’t stop at county, district, state or national borders; and to get results, you need to effectively work with people of all beliefs, cultures, and backgrounds.
Al also knows what it takes to succeed in the private sector. He has spent the majority of his life in the private sector as a partner and owner of several small businesses, and CEO of several organizations. Currently as the CEO of Allen F. Johnson & Associates, LLC, an international consulting firm based in McLean, Al understands what it is like to have to make a payroll and serve customers.
Al has been active in the community as a member of the Dean’s Council at George Mason University’s Business School, the McLean Citizens Association, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, and he founded and serves as President of a local non-profit organization called AgriOpportunity (AO) that focuses on assisting rural development. He plans to use his ties to the area, as well as his professional experience, to better serve his community in Richmond.
Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from George Mason University, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Food Research from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. He also gained a Certificate in Public Management from Stanford’s Public Management Program.
But of all his achievements, Al’s proudest of being a husband to his wife Sandra and father to their four children who have all been raised in McLean.