Lee A. Johnson was born in Caldwell, Kansas, on June 28, 1947. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas in 1969. After serving two years on active duty with the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, he became a licensed, multi-line insurance agent. In 1977, he entered Washburn University School of Law and graduated Summa Cum Laude with the class of 1980. Upon graduation, he practiced law in Caldwell, Kansas; first in partnership with Don B. Stallings and later as a sole practitioner. He was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court effective January 8, 2007, following his tenure on the Kansas Court Appeals from 2001 - 2007.
Justice Johnson was active in numerous community organizations, including serving on the Sumner Mental Health board for 16 years. He served as Mayor of Caldwell in 1975-1976, and as Caldwell City Attorney from 1987 to 1997. He is a member of the Kansas and Sumner County Bar Associations, serving as the local bar association president in 1992.
Justice Johnson and his wife, Donna, have two children, Jordan and Jennifer.