Marc Johnson | Political Hell Raiser
Marc Johnson will discuss his new biography of Montana’s influential and controversial United States Senator Burton K. Wheeler. The book – "Political Hell-Raiser: The Life and Times of Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana" – is the first full treatment of Wheeler’s 24-year Senate career. Wheeler’s colorful career found him leading a sensational investigation of the U.S. Justice Department, a run for vice president on the Progressive Party ticket in 1924, involvement in major New Deal-era legislation, opposition to Franklin Roosevelt’s efforts to “pack” the U.S. Supreme Court and most controversially opposition to U.S. foreign policy prior to World War II.
Marc C. Johnson has worked as a broadcast journalist and communication and crisis management consultant and served as a top aide to Idaho’s longest-serving governor, Cecil D. Andrus. His writing on politics and history has been published in the New York Times, California Journal of Politics and Policy, and Montana the Magazine of Western History and appears regularly on the blog and podcast Many Things Considered. Marc writes a weekly column on politics for the Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune.
Passionate about history and literature Marc is a book collector, a film buff and has been a long-time advocate for the humanities and civic education. He served as chair of the Idaho Humanities Council and the Federation of State Humanities Councils and has served as a National Endowment for the Humanities site visitor to several state humanities councils. He chaired the board of the Boise Public Library and currently serves as president of the North Tillamook Library Friends. He is also the current president of the board of the Nehalem Bay Health District.
Marc is currently working on another book on U.S. Senate history.
Burton K. Wheeler (1882-1975) may have been the most powerful politician Montana ever produced, and he was one of the most influential--and controversial--members of the United States Senate during three of the most eventful decades in American history.