Biography of Stephen L. Johnson
On May 2, 2005, Stephen L. Johnson was sworn in as the 11th Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As Administrator, he led EPA's efforts to protect human health and the environment, managed more than 17,000 Agency employees nationwide and oversaw an annual budget of over $7 billion.
As a scientist and 27-year veteran of the Agency, Administrator Johnson brought a strong scientific background and wealth of experience to his role as the nation's top environmental official and head of the premier environmental agency in the world. Prior to becoming Administrator, he held several senior-level positions, including Acting Administrator, Deputy Administrator, Acting Deputy Administrator, and Assistant Administrator of EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances. He received numerous awards and commendations while at EPA, including the Presidential Rank Award - the highest award that can be given to a civilian federal employee.
Prior to his public service, Administrator Johnson served as the Director of Operations at Hazelton Laboratories Corporation and Litton Bionetics, Inc.
Johnson is a native of the Washington, D.C. area. He received a B.A. in Biology from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, an M.S. in Pathology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and honorary doctorates of science from both Taylor University and Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, Virginia.
He and his wife, Debbie, have three grown children, Carrie, Allison and Matthew, and five grandchildren, Carter, Luke, Kaden, Brayden and Mekeyla.