Former MN state lawmaker Doug Johnson found dead on Election Day

Former Minnesota state lawmaker Doug Johnson was found dead on Tuesday at the age of 80.

Johnson’s loss came after more than three decades of public service to the people of his state.

His career

“Doug Johnson served in both houses of the Minnesota legislature. He served as a representative first, before moving on to the senate, serving until 2002. Taxes was a specialty. He spent a total of 32 years there,” WDIO-TV reported.

“According to the Minnesota Legislative resources, he was first elected in 1970, and was a high school guidance counselor at the time,” it added.

Tributes pour in

“Doug Johnson was a powerful and influential voice for Northern Minnesota. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed by many,” Minnesota state Rep. Rob Ecklund tweeted.

“It’s a somber day in the Northland. With Senator Doug Johnson’s passing, our region has lost another giant. His 30 years of leadership in the legislature made the Northland and the Iron Range a better place to live,” Hermantown City Councilor, who ran for Johnson’s former role, wrote.

He represented all of us with grace and humility, and was never afraid to reach across the aisle to seek compromise for the benefit of his constituents,” he added.

Johnson’s cause of death was not reported at this time.

The lawmaker’s longtime service had a significant impact, serving many people across the state of Minnesota.