Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. Senator of Nebraska
Johanns is agriculture chairman for alliantgroup and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Deere & Co. He also serves on the Board of Managers for Burlington Capital and OSI Group. In 2016, he was appointed by the President of the United States and Senate-confirmed to serve on the Millennium Challenge Corporation board.
Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008, Johanns served as a member of the Appropriations, Agriculture, Banking, Commerce, Environment & Public Works, Indian Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.
As the 28th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Johanns directed 18 agencies and opened or expanded access to 40 international markets and accomplished agricultural breakthroughs as a member of the U.S. negotiating team for the Doha Development Round.
Johanns served as Governor of Nebraska from 1999-2005, balancing a $2.6 billion state budget while providing property tax relief. He achieved reform of the state’s mental health system and championed improvements to the state’s child protection system. He expanded value-added agriculture and dramatically increased economic development efforts.
Johanns’ public service began on the Lancaster County Board in Nebraska, followed by the Lincoln City Council. He was elected Mayor of Lincoln in 1991 and reelected without opposition in 1995. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and holds a law degree from Creighton University in Omaha.