Constance Nevlin "Connie" Johnson (born 1952) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. She served in the Oklahoma Senate, representing District 48, which encompasses portions of northeastern and northwestern Oklahoma County until 2014. She was first elected to the state senate in a special election in September 2005.
Connie Johnson represented Oklahoma City’s predominantly African American “Eastside,” where her focus on health, mental health and human services issues that disproportionately affect the economic and social well-being of the poor, minorities, women, children, and people with disabilities was game-changing.
Johnson made Oklahoma history as the first woman and African American to win the US Senate nomination of any major political party. Her legislative efforts and reproductive health rights advocacy were featured on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show’s “Bro. Choice,” and helped lead to the defeat of Oklahoma’s “Personhood” Bill in 2012.
Sen. Johnson served on the full Senate Appropriations Committee and the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee. She was the ranking Democratic member of the Health and Human Services Committee. She also served on Energy, Finance, Veterans, Public Safety, and Rules Standing Committees.
The 2014, Oklahoma Democratic Party Veterans’ Committee Legislator of the Year, Johnson is immediate past vice chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. As the 2016-2017, Chair of the Oklahoma Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty, she led the statewide campaign against State Question 776, which put the death penalty in the Oklahoma Constitution.
Johnson is a native Oklahoman who was born in Holdenville, OK; she has lived in Dustin, Idabel, Oklahoma City, Stella and Forest Park, OK. She is the mother of three adult children, and she has two granddaughters. Connie graduated with honors from OKC’s Frederick A. Douglass High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Langston University’s Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling Program. She is a lifelong member of The Church Of The Living God.
In July 2017 Leslie Driskill, an Oklahoma City Democratic Socialists candidate for Democratic Socialists of America's National Political Committee revealed that Connie Johnson is a Democratic Socialists of America member.
OCDS Facebook group
Members of the Oklahoma City Democratic Socialists Facebook group, as of March 16, 2017, included Connie Johnson .
OKC DSA Discussion Group
What was a three-way race featuring former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson, State Rep. Scott Inman and Connie Johnson, a former state senator and DSA member -- by far the most liberal of the group -- was cut down to two when Inman abruptly dropped out and announced plans to resign his current post next year.
Green Country DSA 2018 endorsements
On March 21st 2018, Green Country Democratic Socialists of America passed a resolution establishing their endorsement process and electoral strategy, and endorsed two further candidates to build on our January endorsement of a candidate in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in 2016.
Our endorsed candidates for the 2018 June primary are as follows:
- Constance “Connie” Johnson served as a State legislator for thirty-three years. A long time social justice advocate, Connie Johnson decided to run for governor in an effort to bring progressive and comprehensive reform to state politics. From the budget crisis that affects education and healthcare to the criminal justice system that disproportionately affects minorities, she is prepared to take bold and radical decisions that work for the people of Oklahoma. Sometimes called the “mother of the medical marijuana movement” due to her persistent advocacy on this issue, she was also instrumental and vocal in defending reproductive health rights, and tireless in her opposition to the death penalty. Connie was one of the first visible supporters of the Bernie Sanders campaign from her role as state vice chair in 2015, and is a card-holding member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
- ["Connie Johnson Wins Dem Primary For Oklahoma Senate". CBS Local. August 25, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014.]
- Leslie Driskill 2017 NPC Candidate Local Chapter: Oklahoma City