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From Door-to-Door Sales to the U.S. Speaker of the House: Mike Johnson’s Journey

Unexpected Origins for the 56th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

In a packed auditorium at the DoubleTree Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 7, 2024, students, employees, and friends eagerly gathered to hear the 56th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, share insights from his time with the Southwestern Family of Companies. What many might not know is that before holding one of the most influential positions in American politics, Speaker Johnson walked a different path—one that started with selling educational products door-to-door while in college.

Mike Johnson Forging Success Through Experience

During his college years at Louisiana State University from 1991 to 1994, Speaker Johnson participated in the Southwestern Advantage sales and leadership program. Reflecting on his journey, Speaker Johnson shared, “As the son of a firefighter, and like many middle-class Americans, I had to work my way through school as I became the first in my family to attend college. The Southwestern Advantage program provided me with an opportunity to learn invaluable skills that I needed to succeed in school and in my career.”

Southwestern Advantage has Global Impact & Local Empowerment

The Southwestern Advantage Internship Program, spanning over 100,000 students from more than 1,600 campuses worldwide, has been instrumental in shaping the lives and careers of many individuals. Its alumni roster boasts four Governors, two U.S. Senators, Presidential Cabinet members, and numerous business leaders. For over 150 years, Southwestern Advantage has been offering students a platform to alleviate educational expenses, acquire practical experience, and develop character by managing their own business ventures.

Southwestern Family of Companies Alumni Triumphs to National Leadership

Speaker Mike Johnson’s ascent to the Speaker’s chair is a testament to the skills that the Southwestern Advantage program can give its alumni. Elected unanimously by his House Republican colleagues on October 25, 2023, Johnson proudly represents Louisiana’s Fourth District. His initial victory in Congress on December 10, 2016, marked the largest margin of victory in his region in over 50 years. Currently serving his fourth term, Speaker Johnson continues to make his mark on the national stage.

Mike Johnson Leading by Example

Speaker Johnson’s journey from door-to-door sales to the Speaker’s podium serves as an inspiring narrative of determination, hard work, and the invaluable lessons learned through hands-on experience. As he stands before audiences, sharing his story, he not only reflects on his personal growth but also addresses the pressing challenges facing the nation—a testament to the enduring impact of programs that empower and equip individuals for success.


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