Congressman Bill Johnson rolled to re-election Tuesday by a comfortable margin in a race against Democratic challenger, Shawna Roberts. Results from Jackson and Monroe counties were unavailable at press time. However, unofficial results from the remaining 16 counties encompassed partially or in their entirety within the 6th District showed Johnson defeating Roberts, 130,901 to 58,339.
Despite a spirited campaign nationwide by the Democratic Party, conservative voters in Ohio’s 6th Congressional District preferred the Republican incumbent. Johnson will begin his fifth term when the 116th Congressional session begins Jan. 3.
"I’m humbled and honored by the strong support from the people of eastern and southeastern Ohio," Johnson said Tuesday night.
"For the next two years, I’ll continue to lead the way on issues that matter most to the hardworking people in my communities. From lowering the cost of health care, to repealing regulations that kill jobs and hurt working families, to fighting the opioid addiction crisis, to addressing infrastructure needs and expanding broadband internet access across our region, I will speak loudly and clearly for the people who’ve trusted me to be their voice."
An adamant opponent of the Affordable Care Act, Johnson likely will support any effort to repeal the law that has become known as "Obamacare." He has voted more than 40 times in the past to repeal all or parts of the ACA.
In its place, he would support a law that promotes access, affordability and choice in health care.
However, he has said he will support provisions of the ACA that protects people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage and that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they are 26 years old.
He has promised he will continue to support full funding of Social Security and Medicare benefits for senior citizens "in or near retirement."
Low taxes and a simplified tax code for families figure among the features of Johnson’s efforts to promote a healthy economy with plenty of jobs for families.
He also will advocate for business deregulation, which he believes will encourage small businesses to expand their operations and hire more people.
Johnson has said he will advocate a multi-pronged effort to promote energy independence for the United States. Not only must we develop our efforts to tap our coal, petroleum and natural gas resources, he said, we must expand nuclear power and renewable energy technologies.
He also advocates for widespread broadband access to the Internet. He has claimed that high-speed connectivity is no longer a luxury but is a necessity for business competitiveness as well as quality of life matters such as access to telemedicine resources.