Johnston re-elected to ninth term as OOIDA president

By Land Line staff

During the OOIDA Board of Directors Meeting in October, Jim Johnston was re-elected president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a position he has held since 1975.

Johnston became a driver and then owner-operator after serving in the U.S. Navy. His driving career continued for 13 years until the oil embargoes of the early 1970s and subsequent trucking shutdowns created the need for truckers to organize in order to effectively communicate with lawmakers. He was elected in 1975 as OOIDA's third president and gave up his truck to focus on the Association's mission full time.

Johnston has been an outspoken champion for the rights and well-being of all professional truckers, leading legal challenges against many state governments and regulatory bodies. He has also taken on major motor carriers in court for violations of truth-in-leasing regulations and other alleged abuses of small business truckers' rights. Dozens of OOIDA's cases have been successful. Some of these cases are still in litigation and others are in the planning stages.

His concerns with areas of commercial vehicle safety have led to his inclusion in numerous research forums, panels and industry committees. He continues to be regularly consulted by the administration, congressional leaders and the DOT on regulatory issues affecting the trucking industry. On Oct. 6, he was honored for his leadership and dedication to the industry on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Bill Shuster. Shuster heads up the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Johnston also serves as CEO of OOIDA and the Association's subsidiaries. After the election, he was sworn in by OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. Johnston has served eight five-year terms and now begins his ninth term. LL