James A. Johnson, a Democratic Party power broker for decades and one of the architects of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection, died on Saturday at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 76.
Mr. Johnson, a personal friend of Mr. Clinton’s, died from complications of Parkinson’s disease, said his wife, Carolyn.
A former Congressman from Connecticut’s 4th District, Mr. Johnson served as chairman of both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and of the Democratic National Committee. He also chaired the party’s New England regional organizing committee.
He also headed the Democratic National Leadership Council, a think tank that promoted issues dear to moderate voters. Its members included Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota.
Mr. Johnson raised money for Mr. Clinton throughout his career, including two of the president’s presidential re-election campaigns, and Mr. Johnson contributed $300,000 to support Mr. Clinton’s re-election in 1996. The duo also co-chaired the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles in 1992.
Clinton, who declared his respect for Mr. Johnson and called him a “friend, a colleague and a friend of mine,” said in a statement on Sunday that, “James always came down on the side of working people.”
The Hartford, Conn., native was born June 24, 1939, and attended East Haven High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps.
He later graduated from Smith College and Duke University’s business school. After working for the war bond campaign in the early 1950s, he was appointed head of the Connecticut Fish and Game Council.
Mr. Johnson married Carolyn Matthews in 1968. Together they were active in church, families and social causes.
Funeral arrangements were pending.