Ottis Johnson, Jr. is the newly elected National Vice President of the 14th District of the American Federation of Government Employees representing workers in the D.C. Metropolitan area and Europe. He was elected to this position in September 2020.
Johnson has been a union activist for more than 26 years, most recently as the three-term president of AFGE Local 1831 representing employees at the National Gallery of Art.
He began his activism in 1994 as a steward of United Food and Commercial Workers. In 2011, he began his federal career with the National Gallery of Art and immediately joined AFGE.
Johnson continues to be an active member in his union and his community. He is the pastor of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md.; member of the Maryland Democrats; two-term president of AFGE Council 1 and current Sergeant at Arms; member of AFGE’s Veterans Council; member of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; member of A. Philip Randolph Institute; presidential-level PAC contributor; member of the Poor People’s Campaign, and member of Prince Edward Lodge #1, Prince Hall Origin, Inc.
Johnson is a proud 9-year veteran of the United States Army, and he and his wife Tracey are the proud parents of two daughters, Makayla and Maleah.