Eric Johnson was recognized as one of the most influential people in Florida politics by Campaigns and Elections Magazine and was selected as one of the 100 most influential people in Florida by Influence Magazine in both 2016 and 2018. He has over 30 years of political and government experience in Washington, DC and Florida at the local, state, and federal levels.
Mr. Johnson has served as Chief of Staff to two Florida Congressmen from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast: Robert Wexler (D-Boca Raton) and Patrick Murphy (D-Jupiter). While on Capitol Hill, he also served as an advisor to Rep. Wexler on the Foreign Affairs Europe Subcommittee. Johnson serves as the political consultant to Florida Cabinet member Nikki Fried, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the only Democrat to win statewide in 2018. After her election, he was appointed to serve as the executive director of Ms. Fried’s transition team.
After serving 13 years as Congressman Wexler’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Johnson ran the successful special election campaign of Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), to whom he still serves as an advisor. In 2012, Mr. Johnson ran the underdog campaign of Congressman Patrick Murphy who defeated Congressman Allen West in what was at the time the nation’s most expensive congressional election in history. Upon Mr. Murphy’s election, Mr. Johnson was appointed to serve as his Chief of Staff.
Through his company, Johnson Strategies, Mr. Johnson is a highly respected political consultant. He serves as a political advisor and media consultant for clients seeking election and reelection at the local, state, and federal levels. He also has experience with statewide ballot initiatives and corporate projects.
Mr. Johnson draws from a wealth of political experience, having also served as a top advisor to the Florida Chairman of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008; as Political Director of the Florida Democratic Party; and as Chief of Staff to former Florida State Senator Tom Rossin.
Through his leadership, Johnson Strategies is committed to building outreach initiatives, facilitating partnerships, and lifting up the next generation of leaders and organizations. The company has amassed experience in addressing public affairs challenges and managing strategic communications and has worked with national political leaders, Fortune 100 companies, associations, and nonprofits.