JESSICA FURST JOHNSON
Since 2007, Jessica Furst Johnson has practiced law in Washington, D.C., focusing her practice on political committees, campaign finance and election law, lobbying and ethics compliance, and tax-exempt organizations. Jessica currently is Of Counsel at Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC, and also serves as General Counsel to the Republican Governors Association.
In the 2018 election cycle, Jessica served as General Counsel at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Jessica helped oversee the legal strategy for the November 2018 Florida recount, managing nearly 75 attorneys, 14 law firms, and more than 20 distinct lawsuits in less than two weeks’ time. From 2009-2016, Jessica worked at the National Republican Congressional Committee, first serving as General Counsel and advising the NRCC, Republican Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and candidates for U.S. House on matters related to state and federal election law, House Ethics Rules, contract law, corporate law, and intellectual property regulations. During the 2014 and 2016 cycles, Jessica continued as General Counsel, while also serving the NRCC in a managerial and strategic role as Deputy Executive Director. In 2016, Jessica was selected as NRCC Independent Expenditure Director, managing the NRCC’s paid efforts in 30+ congressional races, including polling and opinion research, broadcast, cable and radio messaging, and data-driven online efforts. Jessica lead a staff and vendor team of more than 80 people, and a budget exceeding $76 million.
Prior to her time at the NRCC, Jessica was an associate at Foley & Lardner LLP in the political law practice. Before moving to Washington, D.C., Jessica was Communications Director to Congresswoman Katherine Harris’s successful 2002 and 2004 congressional campaigns in Sarasota, Florida.
Jessica received her J.D. from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, where she was an editor of the Florida Law Review, and earned her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a Member of the Florida Bar, the Virginia Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America Bar.
Jessica lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and their two children, Liam and Finley. Jessica is a member of Maverick PAC, and serves on the Board of Directors for the University of Florida’s Alumni Association.