Legislator Howard Johnson was born and raised in the City of Buffalo. He believes that the renaissance taking place in Buffalo and Erie County should benefit everyone.  As a Legislator, Howard is committed to expanding economic opportunities for all residents of his district, especially for minority business owners. He is also passionate about public transportation and knows it is a vital resource allowing residents of the first legislative district to access high-quality goods and services to live healthy, productive lives.

As a veteran of the US Army National Guard (10 years honorable service), he has always been called to public service. He graduated from Buffalo State College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and has previously worked in financial services at M&T Bank and HSBC Bank. Most recently, Legislator Johnson served as a management consultant for the Erie County Division of Budget and Management.

Legislator Johnson currently chairs the Public Safety, Economic Development, and Minority and Women-Owned Business Committees.

2020 was a difficult and challenging year, but our neighborhoods were strong and united and Howard Johnson delivered for our community:

  • Fought for the development of the Back to Business Program, which delivered $6.2 million in funding to minority owned small businesses.
  • Safeguarded the legislature’s Urban Initiative Funding, which will invest $350,000 in public projects throughout District 1. 
  • Secured free masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the residents of District 1.  
  • Worked with his colleagues in government to locate testing centers in our neighborhoods. 
  • Hosted a successful food drive at the Broadway Market.
  • Worked with Unity Coalition Inc. to provide nutritious fresh food to seniors in the district on a weekly basis.  
  • Held a backpack drive at the Central Terminal. 
  • Ensured that our neighbors were counted in the once-a- decade Census which, allows us to obtain the federal dollars that our community so desperately needs.