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March 30, 1993 | DAVE LESHER and ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Roger W. Johnson, the high-tech executive who jolted Orange County Republicans when he broke ranks and endorsed Democratic candidate Bill Clinton in last year's campaign, was named by the President on Monday to head the General Services Agency. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Johnson will become the first Republican to hold a top job in the Clinton Administration.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Roger W. Johnson, who as a high-ranking Republican in the Clinton administration led the U.S. General Services Administration from 1993 to 1996, has died. He was 70. Johnson, the former chairman of Western Digital in Irvine, died Friday at his Laguna Beach home of lung cancer. The wealthy entrepreneur made national headlines in 1992 by becoming one of eight prominent Orange County Republicans to endorse Democrat Bill Clinton for president over the incumbent, George H.W. Bush.
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SPORTS
March 16, 1988 | STEVE BEATTY
Before every Lincoln High School basketball game, Roger Johnson goes off in a corner by himself. He sits and thinks about the upcoming game. Then he takes out the bracelet his father, Roger Sr., used to wear and rubs it. "I take it and say, 'Give me luck, help me now because I know you would help me if you were here,' " Johnson says to the father who cannot hear him. Roger Sr. died of cancer when Johnson was 12. It is always painful to lose a father, but it was especially hard on Johnson.
OPINION
October 6, 2002
Re James Johnson's Oct. 1 letter on union dockworkers: The Pacific Maritime Assn., an entity composed largely of foreign-owned shipping companies, makes billions off the backs of American workers and would like nothing better than to pay them peanuts while charging retailers the same cost for their cargo, pocketing the difference. The American workers are entitled to a share of the wealth they create. Longshoring is no walk in the park; there have been six work-related deaths on the docks this year alone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
Roger W. Johnson, who as a high-ranking Republican in the Clinton administration led the U.S. General Services Administration from 1993 to 1996, has died. He was 70. Johnson, the former chairman of Western Digital in Irvine, died Friday at his Laguna Beach home of lung cancer. The wealthy entrepreneur made national headlines in 1992 by becoming one of eight prominent Orange County Republicans to endorse Democrat Bill Clinton for president over the incumbent, George H.W. Bush.
NEWS
March 15, 1994 | JAMES BORNEMEIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Orange County businessman Roger Johnson, who now heads the General Services Administration, has asked the agency's inspector general to examine his travel records after questions were raised about detours he made to his Laguna Beach home during official visits to the region. Johnson visited his home on five of the nine official trips he scheduled during his first seven months in office, the Wall Street Journal reported in its Monday edition.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It all seemed to come crashing down one night last March when Roger Johnson walked into his Georgetown living room and just stood there. He couldn't remember feeling more alone--bewildered really. The cold outside was bitter, the worst in anyone's memory. Three thousand miles away stood his seaside dream house, where the warm shores of Laguna Beach were his back yard.
NEWS
July 2, 1993 | GEBE MARTINEZ and GLENN F. BUNTING, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County businessman Roger Johnson, the only Republican nominated to a high-level post in the Clinton Administration, has been confirmed by the Senate to head the General Services Administration. "I am clearly honored to be asked by the President to come in and help him in this enormous job," Johnson said Thursday of his new job as head of the federal government's housekeeping agency with 20,000 employees and an annual budget of $10.4 billion.
NEWS
June 18, 1995 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It still moves him, his recollection of watching the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City crumple in a huge cloud of dust. Standing on one of the top floors of a nearby apartment building while the bombed structure was demolished, Roger Johnson recalls, he didn't know if his tears were from grief or relief. The horror of domestic terrorism was still sinking in.
NEWS
October 18, 1993 | ANN CONWAY
Not only did Vice President Al Gore shake hands with every one of the 75 guests who came to honor Roger Johnson at the private George Town Club, he provided the after-dinner entertainment. Standing last week before a bipartisan crowd that included Rep. Ron Packard (R-Oceanside) and Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum (D-Ohio), Gore told the one about the difference between Republicans and Democrats: "If a man was drowning (50 feet away), a Republican would throw him a 25-foot rope and yell, 'Swim!
BUSINESS
September 22, 1998
Roger W. Johnson, former chief executive at Western Digital Corp. and head of the General Services Administration during President Clinton's first term, has been named chief executive of the Young Presidents' Organization, a nonprofit group for young executives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Roger W. Johnson, the former CEO of Western Digital Corp. who also ran the federal General Services Administration under President Clinton, has donated $500,000 to endow a chair in social ecology at UC Irvine. The endowment, announced to coincide with a town hall meeting March 20 that will include an address by Vice President Al Gore, is to support an appointment to pursue unspecified research and lectures on the interactions between people, society and the environment, said Karen J.
NEWS
January 23, 1998 | ANN CONWAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Janice Johnson accepted a White House invitation to dinner, she never imagined she would end up being seated next to the president and consoling him on one of the rockiest days of his presidency. Johnson of Laguna Beach was among about 120 guests at the Wednesday event celebrating a $27-million endowment raised to preserve the public rooms of the White House.
NEWS
January 26, 1996 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
General Services Administration chief Roger W. Johnson formally announced his resignation Thursday with parting shots at the Republican Party he has also left, saying extremists have squeezed moderates such as himself out of the GOP. Orange County Republicans "are highly irrelevant and becoming more irrelevant every day" because of their extremism, Johnson said.
NEWS
June 18, 1995 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It still moves him, his recollection of watching the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City crumple in a huge cloud of dust. Standing on one of the top floors of a nearby apartment building while the bombed structure was demolished, Roger Johnson recalls, he didn't know if his tears were from grief or relief. The horror of domestic terrorism was still sinking in.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The morning after the State of the Union address, the Clinton Administration's highest-ranking Republican returned to his home county Wednesday to promote local support for the President's slate of educational, economic and social reforms. Roger W. Johnson, head of the General Services Administration and former chief executive officer of Western Digital Corp.
NEWS
September 24, 1994 | JOHN O'DELL and FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Complaining that he is the target of a smear campaign by disgruntled Washington insiders, General Services Administration chief Roger Johnson spent much of Friday defending his recent sale of more than $2 million worth of stock in the Irvine computer business he once ran. The way Johnson sold 184,000 shares of Western Digital Corp. in January and February was questioned in a newspaper report published earlier this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1995 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caught up in a battle with Clinton Administration budget-cutters over how to trim costs at the General Services Administration, agency chief Roger W. Johnson is firing salvos at bureaucrats and politicians, contending they are refusing to abide by the voter mandate from last November's election to downsize government. Johnson, former chief executive officer of Western Digital Corp.
NEWS
January 23, 1995 | ANN CONWAY
Even President Clinton is worried about the financial state of Orange County. After a recent Saturday broadcast from the Oval Office, he asked Janice and Roger W. Johnson, formerly of Laguna Beach, what the outcome might be over the county's bankruptcy filing and the $1.6-billion loss in the investment pool. The Johnsons had attended the broadcast with about 30 other guests.
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