C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group C: Post-CongressionalC. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group C: Post-Congressional

C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group C: Post-Congressional

Descriptive Summary

Title: C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group C: Post-Congressional
Creator: Johnson, Clete Donald (Don), Jr., 1948-
Dates: 1994-2000
Extent: 5.0 boxes (4.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/038/CDJ
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group C: Post-Congressional files pertain to Johnson’s service as chief textile negotiator and principal advisor to both the president and the United States Trade Representative on all textile and apparel trade matters.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

C. Donald (Don) Johnson, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 30, 1948. He earned a BA degree in history in 1970 and a Juris Doctorate in 1973 from the University of Georgia. Johnson served in the United States Air Force from 1973-1977 and was stationed in California, Colorado, and the Republic of Turkey as a member of the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and was discharged with the rank of Captain. In 1978, he received a Master of Law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.

Prior to returning to Royston as a partner in the law firm of Johnson and Vandiver, Johnson held a variety of positions. He served an aide to the late Congressman Phil Landrum as well as legislative council for the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. He also acted as corporate counsel for the Continental Illinois Bank of Chicago and was a member of the Atlanta law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy.

Johnson was elected to the State Senate from the 47th District in 1987 to fill the unexpired term of the late Senator Parks Brown. The 47th District includes Bank, Elbert, Franklin, Hart, and portions of Jackson and Madison counties. Johnson, a Democrat, served on the Judiciary, Reapportionment, Agriculture, Transportation, Finance, Public Utilities, and Rules committees and was chair of the Appropriations Committee from 1990 to 1992. He was a member of the Senate Democratic Party Caucus Policy Committee and served as Governor Joe Frank Harris’ assistant administration floor leader in the senate from 1989 until 1992.

During his five years as State Senator, Johnson major legislative accomplishments included: author of toll free county-wide calls legislation which expanded local telephone service area in 129 counties at no additional cost to consumers; principle sponsor of Governor Joe Frank Harris’ anti-drug legislation package which gave Georgia the toughest anti-drug laws in the United States; author of civil restitution laws providing business and property owners an easier means of recovering losses from shoplifters and vandals and strengthening bad check laws; author of State Hobbs Act and constitutional amendment for circuit wide grand jury to combat political corruption and misuse of public office for personal gain; and author of reporter shield law which protects against unnecessary infringement upon confidential sources of information.

In addition to his standing committee posts, Johnson was chairman of the Georgia Senate Export Expansion Study Committee, which considered ways the state could encourage the export of Georgia products to overseas markets and boost the state’s economy. He also served on several other interim study committees including the Senate Study Committee on Rural Economic Development, the Senate Transportation Study Committee, and the Senate Fraudulent Check Study Committee.

In 1992, Johnson successfully ran for the United States Congress as a Democrat representing Georgia’s 10th District, succeeding Doug Barnard, Jr. of Augusta. While in office, Johnson served on the Armed Services Committee and Science Space and Technology Committee. He acted as a delegate to the North Atlantic Assembly (NATO's legislative advisory body) in Berlin and Copenhagen and monitored Russia's first parliamentary (Duma) election in Moscow in December 1993.

After an unsuccessful bid for a second term, Johnson spent a number of years in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in international trade and investment policy, national security and foreign policy. He was vice-president for government relations and public policy with Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations, Inc. In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed him ambassador and he served for two and a half years as chief textile negotiator and principal advisor to both the president and the United States Trade Representative on all textile and apparel trade matters.

Johnson then became a partner in the law firm Patton Boggs until he accepted an appointment in 2004 as the director of the University of Georgia School of Law’s Dean Rusk Center. specializing in global legal and policy issues. Currently, Johnson resides in Royston with his wife Suzanne Spratlin.

Scope and Content

The Post-Congressional record group pertains to Johnson’s service as chief textile negotiator and principal advisor to both the president and the United States Trade Representative on all textile and apparel trade matters.

Organization and Arrangement

This record group is arranged in loose chronological order.

Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred Citation

C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2011.

Related Materials

Access Points

Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Textile industry.
United States. Executive Office of the President. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

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Zell Miller Collection

Charles W. Norwood Collection

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Record Group C: Post Congressional

Extent: 5.0 boxes
Scope and Content: The Post-Congressional record group pertains to Johnson’s service as chief textile negotiator and principal advisor to both the president and the United States Trade Representative on all textile and apparel trade matters.
11[Invitations and Events], 1992-1995
12[Correspondence], 1994-1999
13Chief Textile Negotiator Clippings, 1994
14Chief Textile Negotiator Correspondence, 1994
15Chief Textile Negotiator Events, 1999
16Chief Textile Negotiator Political, 1999
17Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1998
18USTR Correspondence, 1998
19Legislative, Balan, Shankar, Congressman Charlie Norwood, 2000
110Turkey Agreement, USTR, 1998
111USTR, 2000
112USTR, Personnel and Mission, 2000
113USTR, Textile Office Budget, 2000
114USTR, Textile Issues, 2000
115Meeting – Ms. Felicitas R. Agoncillo-Reyes and others (Philippines), 2000 July 25
116Meeting – Dr. Atef M. Hassaan (Egypt), 2000 June 13
117Meeting – Councilor Shi Jiangxin, 2000 March 27
118ESI Global Forum, 2000 May 15-17
119Meeting, China, 338-S/339-S, 2000 March 17
120ISA/ITA Board of Directors Meeting, 2000 March 23
121Atimi Annual Meeting, 2000 March 16-18
122Meetings – USA/ITA, 2000 January 18
123Meeting: Africa Ministerial, 1999 March 17
124Meeting: Eduardo Lachica, The Asian Wall Street Journal, 1999 August 19
125Meeting: Geneva Quad, 1998 April 23
126Meeting: Greenbrier Companies, Inc., 1998
127Meeting: Honduras, 1998
128Industry Meeting, 2000 February 16
129Meeting: Macedonia Delegation, 1999 February 19
130Meeting: Meeks and Sheppard, 1999 August 9
131Meeting: Miscellaneous Introductory, 1998 March-April
132Meeting: National Cotton Council, 2000 February 4
133Meeting: USTR Retreat, 1998 March 10
134Meeting: Vice President of Peru, 1999 March 3
21Trade Ambassador Files, 1998-2000
31Trade Ambassador Files, 1998-2000
Briefing Binders
41Consultations with Republic of Belarus, 1999-2000
42-3Canada, 1999
44Colombia Call, 1998 October 14
45-6Costa Rica, 1995-1996
47-8Egypt Negotiations, 1998 July
49-10Hong Kong, 1996-1998
411-12Hong Kong Transshipment Negotiations, 1998
413-14Hong Kong Transshipment, 1998
51-2Macau, 1998
53Macedonia, 1999
54Macedonia Meetings, 2000 June
55-6Mexico Bilateral Consultations, 1998 August 12
57Mexico Bilateral Consultations, 1999 October 5
58-9Pakistan Briefing Materials, 1999 February
510-11Pakistan Textile Monitoring Body, 1999 February
512-13Pakistan Consultations, 2000 May 24-26
514Philippines Consultations, 1999 February 24
515Romania Bilateral Consultations, 1999 March 4-5
516Singapore Consultations, 1999 August 26
517-18U.S.-Turkey Textile Consultations, 1999 September 22-23