Jane Johnson, Salem City Council’s most senior member, was originally elected to council in 2004 after serving for two years on the city’s Planning Commission. The business owner and mother of two sons 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 Salem and is employed at Botetourt Golf & Swim Club while Zack is creating one-of-a-kind jewelry while working in the family business. Mack also works part time at R.M. Johnson & Sons as a laser-engraving specialist. 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 is past chair of both the Roanoke Valley-Allegheny Regional Commission and the Transportation Planning Organization, and is on both the Salem City Council and the Virginia Municipal League's Economic Development committees. She is also 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. She is also passionate about creating a more vibrant downtown business community in Salem.
Jane is a member of Salem’s First United Methodist Church. She is currently an active member of the Roanoke Ski Club and the Rotary Club of Salem where she continues to chair the committee responsible for the creation of 24 Little Free Libraries around the city. In her spare time, Jane enjoys gardening, snow skiing, traveling, biking and walking on the valley's greenways with her dog, Orson.