PDAA Statement on the Passing of Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson

October 23, 2023

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) today issued the following statement on the death of Union County District Attorney and former PDAA President D. Peter Johnson:

We are saddened to hear of the passing of our colleague, D. Peter Johnson. The people of Union County will remember Pete for his professionalism in office, his dedication to crime victims, and his service to the community. We will remember Pete as a friend.

District Attorney D. Peter Johnson

Hon. D. Peter Johnson

Pete served the people of Union County for 28 years as District Attorney. He previously served as an assistant district attorney. Pete tried thousands of criminal cases, and he always focused on the most important part of the case, justice for crime victims.

He was elected in 2014 as President of PDAA, helping the association advance child protection laws, fund Child Advocacy Centers, and create a statewide prescription drug return and disposal program. He was elected in 2017 as President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, the PDAA’s educational and training arm. He also served on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee.

Pete was committed to fulfilling PDAA’s mission to pursue justice and adhering to the prosecutor motto to “do the right thing, for the right reasons.”

We send our condolences to Pete’s wife, Paula, and his entire family. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.


Contact: Kelly Callihan, PDAA Executive Director, at kcallihan@pdaa.org or 717-238-5416.