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Legislator from Beloit area dies

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Beth Wheelock
August 14, 2008

From The Associated Press:


Former Wisconsin lawmaker Gary Johnson has died at his home in Madison at the age of 68.


The Democrat represented the Beloit area in the Wisconsin Assembly from 1970 to 1984, holding powerful positions.


State Sen. Judy Robson of Beloit says Johnson was respected by all his colleagues and continued to advise some on their campaigns after he left the Legislature and became a reading consultant.


Johnson taught social studies at Beloit Memorial High School before entering politics. Longtime school district employee Fran Fruzen says he helped improve the teachers' union there and later helped pass legislation beneficial to teachers, such as a new retirement law.


Johnson is survived by his wife, Heather Johnson, and three sons.



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