Council members & districts

Judy Johnson

Metropolitan Council Member, District 1

Portrait of Judy Johnson

Judy Johnson was appointed to the Metropolitan Council by Gov. Tim Walz in March 2019. Johnson lives in Plymouth and represents District 1. The district includes 11 cities in northwest Hennepin County — Corcoran, Dayton, Greenfield, Independence, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Plymouth, and Rogers; the Hennepin County portions of the cities of Hanover and Rockford are not included in District 1.

Johnson is a former mayor and council member of the City of Plymouth, serving over 20 years in elected office. She has been a board member and president of the League of Minnesota Cities, earning the league’s highest award for elected officials in 2015. She is also a former board member of Metro Cities, the Municipal Legislative Commission, and a former member of the Regional Council of Mayors.

Johnson is the senior director of investor relations at GREATER MSP, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. She is responsible for planning and executing annual fundraising initiatives including investor recruitment, retention, and engagement strategies.

For more than six years, Johnson served as the director of government affairs for the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce and also as its director of community relations.

“It’s an exciting time as we come together to take on opportunities and tackle our biggest problems, ensuring an inclusive economy where everyone gets a seat at the table. I believe in the benefits of a strong region and state. The sum of our diverse parts makes us better, stronger, and more likely to succeed in whatever we do.”

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree from the Metropolitan State University with an emphasis on communications and public relations. Johnson is mother to four adult children and two grandchildren.

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