Brendan Johnson

Michigan House of Representatives, District 45

Spotlight Candidate

Brendan will be one of the only openly LGBTQ members of the Michigan State House


Brendan Johnson is a proud fourth-generation Michigander who was born and raised in the greater Rochester area. Trained as a diplomat, he holds a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. His specialization is the transatlantic relationship between the United States of America and its European partners and allies. He has served as a Political Officer for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain, and most recently as a national security and foreign affairs analyst for Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (MI-08).

Previously, he also worked as Public Events Coordinator for the Detroit Zoological Society, where his favorite animal-residents were grey wolves Waziyata and Kaskapathew. While working in the southeast Michigan non-profit sector, he also served as the Administrative and Financial Chair of the Michigan Alliance for Cultural Accessibility, a consortium of Michigan cultural institutions dedicated to removing physical, developmental, lingual, and financial barriers to Michigan’s cultural treasures.

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