Mr. Johnson attended Valley City State University in Valley City, ND from 1971-1973. In 1974, he entered the Respiratory Therapy program through Mercy Hospital in Valley City, ND. Mr. Johnson graduated as a Certified Respiratory Therapist in 1976. Mr. Johnson entered the construction business in 1979 as a manager for Wick Construction in Valley City, ND. From 1982-1984, he represented Midwest Marketing as an Insurance Sales Representative. Mr. Johnson developed Heartland Insurance in Valley City, ND in 1984. In 1987, he moved his offices to Fargo, ND. Heartland Insurance Associates markets through independent agents and agencies in North Dakota, Montana, and western Minnesota.