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Jay W. Johnson (September 30, 1943 – October 17, 2009) was the director of the United States Mint, Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsinmarker, and a former television news anchor in the Green Baymarker area.

Johnson was born in Bessemer, Michiganmarker. He graduated from Gogebic Community College in 1963 and Northern Michigan Universitymarker in 1965. Johnson was an information specialist with the United States Army from 1966 until 1968. He was on the board of directors of the Wisconsin United Way. Johnson received a master's degree from Michigan State Universitymarker in 1970.


He was a broadcaster and journalist (working in Michigan, Indiana, Florida and for 16 years in Green Bay, Wisconsin for WFRVmarker (Channel 5), then WLUKmarker (Channel 11) from 1981 until 1996.


In 1996, Johnson was elected to Congress and served from January 3, 1997 until January 3, 1999. He unsuccessfully ran for re-election against State Representative Mark Green in 1998. From 2000 to 2001 he was the 36th Director of the United States Mint. After leaving the U.S. Mint, he was self-employed, selling wholesale coins and also the Chief Numismatist for The Franklin Mint.

On June 29, 2009, Goldline International Inc. announced that Mr. Johnson had become a spokesperson for their company.

On October 17, 2009, Johnson died at his home in Bristow, Virginiamarker, in suburban Washington, D.C., after collapsing of an apparent heart attack.


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