Daniel H. Johnson is a former assistant DA and a veteran of the United States Navy who received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for saving the life of a crewmate during a Disaster in 1999. As a result of that incident, both of Johnson's legs were amputated below the knee.
In 2007, Johnson resigned as a Wake County prosecutor, moved back to Hickory, and announced that he would run for election to the United States House of Representatives in North Carolina's 10th congressional district as a Democrat/moderate progressive.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Johnson began his service as an officer in the United States Navy. While serving aboard U.S.S. Blue Ridge near South Korea, Johnson risked his own life to save a fellow serviceman. Both survived, but Johnson lost both of his legs below the knee. For his bravery, Johnson received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the second highest peacetime medal for heroism. newsobserver.com
After his recovery, Johnson worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Max Cleland of Georgia. Johnson then enrolled in law school at UNC, where he met his wife, Creecy. He began his legal career as a prosecutor where he quickly worked his way up from handling misdemeanor DWI cases to felony assignments including drug trafficking, robbery, and murder. Currently, Johnson is an attorney at Sigmon, Clark, Mackie, Hutton, Hanvey & Ferrell, P.A. in his hometown of Hickory. He and his wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hickory, where his father has been the senior minister for eighteen years. Daniel and Creecy are expecting their first child, a little girl, in June.