Member Biography

Robert Peter "Judge" Johnson 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1965       17 Republican
1966       17 Republican
1967       17 Republican
1968       17 Republican

COUNTIES: Montgomery  


09/07/1926 - 04/25/2021

Robert Peter “Judge” Johnson (R17) Montgomery County 1965-1968

Robert Peter “Judge” Johnson, born September 7, 1926, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; son of William Barton and Ethel Bonsor Johnson; graduated, Lower Merion High School, 1945; United States Navy, World War II, 1944-1946; served, United States Navy Reserve (8 years); Saint Joseph’s College, B.S., 1954; Villanova University; Penn State University, University of Virginia Law School, University of Alabama Law School (American Academy of Judicial Education) and Temple University; justice of the peace, district court judge Montgomery County, 1954-1984; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1959-1964; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1965-1968; appointed, State Milk Marketing Board, 1968; married Marilyn J. Murray; two children; died, April 25, 2021, Beaumont Retirement Community, Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; interment, Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill, Camden County, New Jersey. 

Early Career:

Enlisted, United States Navy, World War II, 1944-1946; served, United States Navy Reserve (8 years); justice of the peace, district court judge Montgomery County1954-1984; Legal administrator, Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman Law Firm, Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Politics:

Justice of the peace, district court judge Montgomery County, 1954-1984.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1959-1964. 

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 17th district, Montgomery County, 1965-1968; appointed, State Milk Marketing Board, 1968; not a candidate for reelection, 1968. 

Award name:

26th day of June 1984, was presented with a Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Order signed by Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix Jr., in recognition of serving with distinction in all three branches of government of the Commonwealth for a period of over thirty years. Legislative (House of Representatives and Senate) Executive (State Milk Marketing Board) Judicial (District Court Judge, Montgomery County)

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, Gladwyne; member of the following organizations, Knights of Columbus, Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick; the Optimist Club and the Gladwyne, Penn Valley and Merion Park Civic Associations; Gladwyne, Union and Narberth Fire Companies; Overbrook and Sea View Country Clubs; Bachelor’s Barge Club of Philadelphia, Earlington Men’s Club; American Legion; Life Member of the Navy League; 50-year member, Union League, Philadelphia. Former President, District Justices, Montgomery County. Director, Trevose Federal Savings; Director, Bank of King of Prussia. President-Director, Lower Merion Police Pension Association.

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members "J""Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Robert Johnson Obituary - Death Notice and Service Information ( 

Robert Peter “Judge” Johnson (1926-2021) - Find a Grave Memorial