Tribpedia: Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson is a Texas conservative who was born in 1976 and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1997. The behind-the-scenes campaign man has aided some of Texas’ top GOP officials in their quest for public office, helping coordinate several successful campaigns.

Johnson briefly served as Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign manager in June 2011 until he left the position, fanning rumors of a Gov. Rick Perry presidential run. Johnson tendered his resignation from the Gingrich campaign along with Dave Carney, who served as Perry’s top political strategist.

Johnson served as Perry’s 2010 re-election campaign manager and senior-advisor before joining forces for a presidential run with Gingrich in April 2011.

Upon naming Johnson campaign manager in early 2009, Perry said he was “one of the smartest and most respected political strategists in Texas.” Johnson aided Perry in gubernatorial victories over U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson in the primary election and former Houston Mayor Bill White in the general election.

Before orchestrating Perry’s successful gubernatorial re-election, Johnson was the campaign manager for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in 2002. Johnson also served as Dewhurst’s executive assistant and deputy chief of staff before eventually becoming his chief of staff in 2006.