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Secretaries of L&I


Johnny J. Butler

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Johnny J. Butler was born September 14, 1946 in Macon, Georgia. He graduated from Ballard-Hudson high school and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968, and Juris Doctorate in 1971 from Howard University. He received his Master's of Law degree from Columbia University in 1972.
Butler was an attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1975-79; Director for the Philadelphia District Acting General Counsel; radio talk show host; Adjunct Professor, Howard and Temple Universities; Board of Directors for the Philadelphia African-American Museum. He has received the Arthur S. Fleming, Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive Award, and was inducted to the Howard University Sports Hall of Fame, for his outstanding performance on the football field as a student athlete.
He was appointed Secretary of Labor and Industry on January 23, 1995, by Governor Tom Ridge.