Dan Johnson’s widow says she will run for his seat

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The wife of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself after sex assault allegations surfaced says she will run for his seat.

Dan Johnson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday, according to the Bullitt County coroner.

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The 57-year-old Republican from Bullitt County was elected to the state legislature in 2016 and was pastor of Heart of Fire Church in Louisville.

His wife, Rebecca Johnson, announced Thursday in a news release sent to The Associated Press that she wants to replace him in the Kentucky legislature.

On Monday, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting published an account from a woman saying Dan Johnson sexually assaulted her in the basement of his home in 2013.



Louisville police investigated the matter but closed the case and did not file charges.

He told reporters Tuesday the accusations were “totally false.”

Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Rebecca Johnson reported her husband missing on Wednesday night when she could not reach him after reading a message he posted to Facebook saying “heaven is my home” and asking people to care for his wife.

A neighbor found Johnson’s body near a road in a secluded area of Mount Washington.

An autopsy Thursday morning confirmed it was a suicide.