Representative Aaron Ling Johanson is currently serving his sixth term and serves as a member of House Leadership as a Majority Whip and Chair of the Labor & Public Employment Committee.
Prior to his time in the Legislature, Representative Johanson served in leadership positions at the federal government. In Washington, D.C., he served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Mint, U.S. Department of the Treasury. In this capacity, he assisted the Director with management of the $2 billion nationwide federal agency charged with producing all the nation’s circulating coinage and precious metal collectible coins.
Representative Johanson also served in The White House. In the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, he was a Division Director and Deputy Associate Director where he recruited, interviewed, and recommended candidates for Presidential Appointment to serve in senior leadership positions throughout the federal government.
In addition to his tenure in government, Representative Johanson has also been professionally involved in higher education administration. He was a Development Associate for the Yale Development Office, helping to raise funds for the Yale School of Medicine. At Yale, he also served as a Senior Interviewer and Outside Reader for the Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office, and a Research Assistant for Yale’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations.
Representative Johanson serves the community as a Director of the Moanalua Gardens Community Association (neighborhood board), a former Director of the Moanalua Lions Club and a member of the Aiea Community Association and the Friends of Aiea Library.
He graduated cum laude from Yale University and as a Valedictorian from Moanalua High School. Representative Johanson was raised in Moanalua Gardens and his family has resided there since 1959 when his grandparents moved into the area to be closer to Pearl Harbor, where his grandfather worked as a ship fitter for over thirty years, including during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.