Jane Johnson was originally elected to Salem City Council in 2004 after serving for two years on the city’s Planning Commission. The business owner and mother of two is no stranger to hard work and civic duty.
Jane was born in Huntington, New York, attended Virginia Tech and settled down in Salem with her husband Robert M. “Bob” Johnson, II to own and operate R.M. Johnson & Sons Jewelers, a retail fixture in downtown Salem since 1992. When Bob unexpectedly passed away in 2005, Jane took over as President of the company and continues to operate the popular store today.
During her days in Salem, Jane has been the President of both the West Salem elementary and Andrew Lewis middle school PTAs while her children were in attendance. Her oldest son, Mack lives in Myrtle Beach where he is enrolled in school and employed in the golf industry while Zack is studying Gemology and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry while working in the family business. Jane is also a life member of the Virginia PTA/PTSA and the Virginia Jaycees but her civic involvement extends far beyond the city’s schools.
Jane has served on the Better Business Bureau’s board of directors and was a committee member for the Western Virginia Regional Jail Authority. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Roanoke Valley-Allegheny Regional Commission, a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and is on both the Salem City Council and the Virginia Municipal League's Economic Development committees. She has also most recently been appointed to serve as a director on the board of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. She feels a strong commitment to supporting the arts and non-profit organizations through her business, most notably our Salem Museum where a rooftop garden has been named in memory of her late husband.
Jane is a member of Salem’s First United Methodist Church. She is currently an active member of the Salem Rotary Club, the Roanoke Ski Club and Professional Women's Resources, a networking group of women business owners. In her spare time, Jane enjoys gardening, snow skiing, biking and walking on the valley's greenways with her dog, Orson.