Gregg Johnson grew up in Rock Island County in a blue-collar union family. His father worked at the Farmall plant and was a lifelong UAW member. When the plant shut down, many jobs—including Gregg’s father’s—left town.

When Gregg graduated from high school, he planned to follow in his father’s footsteps. But when Farmall shut down, that opportunity was no longer available.

At 19, Gregg started a career with the Illinois Department of Corrections, first as a corrections officer and was eventually promoted to supervisor, where he spent thirty-two years working to keep his coworkers and our community safe.

Gregg went on to become president of his AFSCME local, where he served his fellow coworkers.

Gregg lives in East Moline with his wife, Celia, and their youngest daughter, Gabby. As a father, a grandfather, and a husband, Gregg is committed to creating the kind of economic opportunities that our families need to thrive and the kind of education system that our kids need to succeed in the 21st century economy.