Hanif Johnson is Pennsylvania’s youngest magisterial district judge. Johnson‘s childhood was a difficult one for him, having being jailed thrice for minor offenses.
Johnson went to Harrisburg High School; here he decided to work with the track team, and this decision seemed to change the trajectory of his life. Here, he won different awards, one being the 2007 PIAA Triple Jump State Champion.
In 2008, Johnson graduated from the SciTech Campus, after which he gained admission into Penn State University. At this university, he was made the captain of the track and field team Captain and also became an All-American in Division I Track and Field, which is a great honor In 2012, Johnson graduated with a B.S in Economics.
Hanif Johnson then served as a youth counselor at Steelton’s Scaffner Youth Center in Pennsylvania for a short period. Then he then served as Director of Youth Activities, as well as being a family resource specialist at Harrisburg’s Capital R.E.B.I.R.T.H. Inc.
At age 26, Johnson made his desire to run for a Judge position at Dauphin County District known. While campaigning, Johnson revealed that he knocked on some local doors and came across some residents who made a mockery of him due to the fact that they believed he was not old enough to take that position.
Residents always elect any magisterial district judge, and the contestant doesn’t need a law degree. Such a person must have resided in that area for at least a year, be a bar member of the Pennsylvania state, and must not be less than 21 years of age, or above 75 years of age.
Also the elected official must undergo training to get prepared and before the appointment is confirmed, the individual must pass an examination. If this candidate is already a state bar member, then there’s no need for this step.
During the general election held on November 7, 2017, Johnson won for the Dauphin Magisterial District. He claimed 73% of the total votes polled defeating Claude Phillips, the Republican candidate. He started his six-year term in January 2018. Johnson is blessed with two children and is a resident of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.