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Congressman

Georgia (District: 4)

Democratic

Current

starts 01/03/2007

Biography

Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (born October 2, 1954) is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia%27s_4th_congressional_district">Georgia’s 4th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Democratic_Party">Democratic Party. The district is based in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeKalb_County,_Georgia">DeKalb County, a largely suburban county east of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta">Atlanta. It also includes portions of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwinnett_County,_Georgia">Gwinnett, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton_County,_Georgia">Newton, and all of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockdale_County,_Georgia">Rockdale counties; the district’s boundaries have been redrawn, in accordance with the results of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_United_States_Census">2010 United States Census, since Congressman Johnson’s initial election victory in 2006. He is one of only three Buddhists, the others being Hawaii’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazie_Hirono">Mazie Hirono and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colleen_Hanabusa">Colleen Hanabusa, to serve in thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Congress">United States Congress.

In his fourth term as U.S. Representative for Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District, which includes parts of DeKalb, Rockdale, Gwinnett and Newton counties, Congressman Hank Johnson has distinguished himself as a substantive, hard-working legislator who delivers results.

A champion of fairness for working American families, he has introduced, co-sponsored and passed legislation to level the playing field and create opportunity. He has consistently supported legislation to ensure that all Americans have access to employment opportunities and affordable health care. He has championed consumer protection, education, civil liberties and support for public safety.

Congressman Johnson is a member of the House Armed Services and Judiciary committees. His work on behalf of veterans includes job fairs, veterans’ benefits town halls, legislation to address post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and soldier suicides and maintaining veteran education benefits.

Congressman Johnson believes in a more humane immigration policy and is committed to helping create a pathway to citizenship for outstanding young people, law-abiding immigrants and the next generation of innovators and job creators.

One of the earliest congressional supporters of Barack Obama, he served as co-Chair of the Obama Presidential Campaign in Georgia in 2008.

In 2009, he was honored by his colleagues on Judiciary when he was elected Chair of the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, an unusual achievement for a sophomore legislator.  His subcommittee oversaw policy related to administration of the Federal courts and anti-trust.  In the 111th Congress, he also served as Regional Whip on the House Leadership team.  He was elected Whip of the Progressive Caucus in the 112th Congress.

Prior to his election as District 4 representative, he served twelve (12)  years as a DeKalb County magistrate judge, five (5)  years as a county commissioner and three (3)  years as chair of the DeKalb budget committee. As a commissioner, his first official act in 2001 was to address the issue of predatory lending and foreclosures.

With a heavy emphasis on quality constituent services, in addition to his Washington office, he has established a district office in Lithonia where he has secured more than $25 million for constituents seeking help with federal agencies. His district staff handles thousands of cases annually helping citizens to navigate the federal bureaucracy.

Rep. Johnson practiced civil and criminal law in DeKalb County for twenty-seven (27) years. A staunch supporter of public education, he is a graduate of  the District of Columbia Public Schools, Clark College and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

Rep. Johnson is married to Attorney Mereda Davis Johnson and has two adult children.

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