Schoesler to introduce resolution recognizing retiring Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson

Sen. Mark Schoesler announced today that he plans to introduce a resolution recognizing the contributions and service of Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson, who is retiring after 20 years in that office.

“Glenn Johnson is truly a dedicated public servant who has been an integral part of the Pullman community and Cougar Nation for decades,” said Schoesler R-Ritzville. “Glenn has done so many positive things for Pullman and Washington State University over the years, but he did not do them for the money. He did them because he always strived to do the right thing and because he cares deeply about the university and Pullman.

“We owe him debt of gratitude for dedicated service, and I am honored to lead the Senate in recognizing his work.”

Schoesler said that his resolution will not only highlight the role Johnson played in representing the community, but in serving individuals.

“As a WSU communications professor, Glenn Johnson mentored so many students who went on to have successful careers in radio and television,” said Schoesler. “He leaves a positive legacy in many stations and newsrooms across the Northwest and nation.”

Johnson is beloved as the public address announcer at Washington State football games. He became famous for leading fans with his iconic saying, ‘And that’s another Cougar first down!’ After the Pac-12 reprimanded him for his catchphrase, Johnson adjusted by just saying ‘And…,’ followed by WSU fans finishing his famous phrase with ‘…that’s another Cougar first down!’

Johnson is not only active in the Pullman community, he is committed to higher education, as he also is a trustee of the Community Colleges of Spokane.

“Over the years, I thoroughly have enjoyed working with Glenn in my capacity as a state legislator and his as Pullman mayor,” added Schoesler, who has served the 9th Legislative District since 1993. “As a longtime WSU fan, it has been a privilege to get to know this legendary member of Cougar Nation. Glenn is a beloved figure in this community and across the Palouse, and this resolution to recognize his contributions to Cougar Nation and all Washingtonians is but a small thanks for all he has done. When the resolution is read aloud, I hope everyone in the Senate will join me in saying, ‘And that’s another Cougar first down!’ Enjoy retirement, Glenn!”

The 2024 legislative session is scheduled to start on Jan. 8, and last 60 days.