Edwin Johnson

  • Edwin "Big Ed" Johnson is best remembered by sportsman as one of the originators of the Dingell-Johnson Act. In his home state of Colorado, Johnson remains the only politician to have served three terms as both a Governor and U.S. Senator. As Governor, Johnson created a statewide reorganization and reform movement in the midst of the Great Depression. As a Senator, Johnson was instrumental in the creation of the G.I. Bill of Rights and the Air Force Academy. In 1950 Senator Johnson joimed forces with Congressman John Dingell to author the "Federal Aid in Sport Fisheries Restoration Act of 1950." Known fondly as "Dingell-Johnson," this new law helped to halt the decline of North American fisheries and brought new energy to sport fishing across the nation--a magnificent legacy put in placr for future generations of American anglers.