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Press Release 10-24-2019

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Johnson Announces Intention to Run for Senate; Has Plan to Offer Significant Tuition Support and Student Debt Relief to all Americans

Atlanta, Ga. October 24, 2019 -- A. Wayne Johnson announces his intention to seek Republican support in order to serve Georgia in the U.S. Senate.

Johnson, 67, is a successful businessman who served for two and a half years as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer of Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education. There, he oversaw the federal government’s $1.4 trillion portfolio of student loans and introduced several improvements in the program, including making it possible to apply for financial aid – FAFSA – on a mobile device. He submitted his resignation to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today.

Dr. Johnson is seeking to receive the appointment of Governor Kemp to continue the term of retiring Senator Johnny Isakson, who has served Georgia in Congress for two decades.

“I intend to follow Senator Isakson's example as a conservative Republican who is able to work across the aisle in Congress,” said Johnson. “I will emulate his outstanding work ethic, his devotion to Georgia and his focus on issues that were of great importance to him and the entire country.”

Johnson said that as Senator, he would seek to pass into law a bold program to greatly reduce the cost of receiving a college education and work training, in addition to significantly relieving the tuition debt incurred by American students and their families. Georgians owe more than $53 billion to the federal government in student loan debt; Johnson intends to wipe that balance clean and compensate those who have already paid their student loan debt.

“My service in Washington taught me that we need changes in the law to save Americans from going into severe debt just to get a college education,” said Johnson. “I have a plan that is fair, fiscally responsible and future-oriented so that the citizens of Georgia and across America can afford a college education.”

Johnson said his plan would provide students with a $50,000 grant for their college education wherever they attend, including both public and private colleges. The grants would also cover work training, professional licensing and vocational and trade schools. Those who have current debts would see the money owed reduced by up to $50,000. Those who paid their debts in the past would receive income tax credits up to $50,000. The program would be funded with a 1% tax on revenue generated by all employers including corporations and non-profit organizations. He would also seek to remove from credit bureau files all negative information related to federal student loans.

“A college education is valuable to our citizens and it’s valuable to employers – but right now, only the students pay. Employers say they need a better trained workforce – my plan sets forth an easy way to achieve that important goal,” said Johnson.

Additional issues which Johnson would focus on as Senator include helping Georgia to secure federal funds for infrastructure projects, maintaining and expanding military bases in Georgia, protecting our borders from unlawful entry, developing alternative energy capabilities, reducing prescription drug costs to patients, promoting better solutions for senior care, and making it easier to cover health care costs.

Johnson’s website is live:

Johnson makes his home in his birthplace of Macon and is a lifelong resident of Georgia, and has built businesses throughout the United States as well as in Argentina and Brazil. Johnson has a doctorate in higher education leadership from Mercer University, an MBA from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree from Mercer. He is also a U.S. Army veteran.

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