Johnson retains US Congress seat

LISBON — U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta retained his 6th Congressional District seat easily defeating his Democratic challenger, Michael Lorentz, throughout the district.

Here in Columbiana County, Johnson received nearly 72 percent of the vote.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, in the 18 counties throughout the 6th District, poll returns were showing Johnson receiving at least twice as many votes than his opponent in almost every county. Scioto was the only county which had not yet reported any results from any precincts at that time, according to the Associated Press.

When contacted at his home later in the evening, Johnson said he was both “very excited” and “very humbled” by the results of the election and the support he is receiving from both Eastern Ohio and the district’s largest county, Columbiana. Now, he said he is ready to begin his fourth two-year term.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Johnson said, noting his goals include protecting coal jobs, while also helping the local oil and gas industry. He also said he will continue protecting Second Amendment rights, working for the better treatment of veterans and looking after national security issues.

“I’m ready to go back at it again,” Johnson said. “The people of this district deserve opportunities to succeed, and that’s what I’m going to work toward.”

Johnson was one of many Republicans to win re-election, and in early returns on Tuesday, the Republicans were close to ensuring they would continue to control the House of Representatives.