Lee A. Johnson was born June 28, 1947 in Caldwell, Kansas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Kansas in 1969. Johnson attended Washburn University School of Law and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1980 with a J.D.. He was a member of Phi Delta Phi. He is married to Donna and has two children, Jordan and Jennifer.
Upon graduating from KU, Johnson served two years on active duty with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and then became an insurance salesman for his the family business.
After graduating from Washburn, Johnson went into private practice as an attorney for 21 years. He served as Mayor of Caldwell in 1975-1976 and Caldwell City Attorney from 1987 to 1997. He served as president of the Sumner County bar association in 1992. He also spent 16 years serving on the Sumner Mental Health board. In 2001 Johnson was appointed to the Kansas Court of Appeals. While there he authored 500 decisions.
Governor Kathleen Sebelius appointed Johnson to the Kansas Supreme Court in 2007 to replace Justice Donald L. Allegrucci who retired due to state mandated age limits. He will face his fist retention vote in the 2008 election.