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Henry C. Johnson Jr.
Henry C. Johnson.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 4
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PredecessorCynthia McKinney (D)
Chair, DeKalb County Budget Committee
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.08 in 2012
First elected2006
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,208,111
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
DeKalb County Commission
Bachelor'sClark Atlanta University
J.D.Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law
BirthdayOctober 2, 1954
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
Net worth$8,000.50
Office website
Campaign website
Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. (b. October 2, 1954, in Washington, D.C.) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Johnson was elected by voters from Georgia's 4th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2006.

He ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 4th District.[1] He won re-election on November 6, 2013.[2]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.[3]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Johnson is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Johnson was born in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) in 1976, and Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston in 1979. Johnson practiced law in Decatur, Georgia, for more than 25 years.[4]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Johnson serves on the following committees:[6][7]

  • Committee on Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Seapower & Projection Forces
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
    • Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Committee on Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law


Johnson served on the following committees:

  • Committee on Armed Services[4]
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Committee on Judiciary[4]
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security


Legislative actions

113th Congress

The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Johnson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Johnson released a statement following President Obama’s remarks on Syria on August 31, 2013.[10] “I don’t believe the President needs Congressional approval to conduct limited strikes in Syria, however I respect his decision to seek authorization. At this time, I am deeply skeptical that use of force is in our national interest” Johnson said.[10][11]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Johnson voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted in support of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Johnson voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]


Voted "Yes" Johnson voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]


Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[14] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] Johnson voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Johnson joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[17][18]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[20] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[21] Johnson voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[23] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Johnson voted for HR 2775.[24]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No"Johnson voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[12]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Johnson voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Johnson voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Johnson voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Johnson voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[12]

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Johnson, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[25]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]



See also: Georgia's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Johnson is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.[28]

U.S. House, Georgia District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHenry C. Johnson Incumbent 73.6% 208,861
     Republican J. Chris Vaughn 26.4% 75,041
Total Votes 283,902
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Georgia District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry "Hank" Johnson Incumbent 77% 52,982
Courtney L. Dillard 19.1% 13,130
Lincoln Nunnally 4% 2,728
Total Votes 68,840

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Johnson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Johnson raised a total of $2,208,111 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[32]

Hank Johnson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 4) Won $448,223
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 4) Won $581,545
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 4) Won $380,346
2006 U.S. House (Georgia, District 4) Won $797,997
Grand Total Raised $2,208,111


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Johnson's reports.[33]

Henry C. Johnson, Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$17,642.25$53,378.90$(25,177.35)$45,843.80
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$45,843.80$71,624.89$(59,050.90)$58,417.79
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$58,417.79$43,907.89$(47,994.41)$54,331.27
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$54,331$70,015$(39,049)$85,296
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Johnson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $448,223 and spent $433,430.[38] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

Cost per vote

Johnson spent $2.08 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Henry C.son's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Henry C.son won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Henry C.son's campaign committee raised a total of $581,545 and spent $589,780.[40]

U.S. House, Georgia District 4, 2010 - Hank Johnson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $581,545
Total Spent $589,780
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $118,102
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $118,102
Top contributors to Hank Johnson's campaign committee
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$11,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,321
AFLAC Inc$10,000
American Assn for Justice$10,000
Credit Union National Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$65,050
Building Trade Unions$34,000
Industrial Unions$31,321
Transportation Unions$29,500
Public Sector Unions$26,500


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Johnson is a "far-left Democrat, as of June 13, 2013."[41]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[42]

Johnson most often votes with:

Johnson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Johnson missed 242 of 5,226 roll call votes from January 2007 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.6%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[43]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Johnson paid his congressional staff a total of $1,068,306 in 2011. He ranks 120th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 341st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[44]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Johnson ranked 37th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[45]


Johnson ranked 77th in the liberal rankings.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Johnson's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,001 and $15,000. That averages to $8,000.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Johnson ranked as the 404th most wealthy representative in 2012.[47]

Hank Johnson Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Henry C. Johnson, Jr. has voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 93rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[48]


Johnson is married to attorney Mereda Davis Johnson and has two children.[4]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Rockdale Citizen, "Rockdale resident Vaughn announces run for Congress," accessed February 16, 2012
  3. Decatur Patch, "Hank Johnson Will Seek Fifth Term in U.S. Congress," accessed February 26, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Hank Johnson for Congress, "About Hank," accessed October 25, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 Congressman Hank Johnson, Representing the 4th District of Georgia, "About Hank Johnson," accessed October 25, 2011
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Office of Hank Johnson, "Rep. Johnson’s statement following the President’s remarks on Syria," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11, "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 Project Vote Smart, "Henry C. Johnson, Jr. Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. U.S., "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  26. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. Georgia Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Henry C. Johnson, Jr." accessed April 4, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Henry C. Johnson, Jr. 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  38. Open Secrets, "Henry C. Johnson 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Henry C. Henry C.son Jr. 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011
  41. GovTrack, "Johnson," accessed June 13, 2013
  42. OpenCongress, "Rep. Henry C. Johnson," accessed August 1, 2013
  43. GovTrack, "Hank Johnson," accessed March 29, 2013
  44. LegiStorm, "Henry Johnson," accessed 2012
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  47. OpenSecrets, "Hank Johnson (D-GA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  48. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Cynthia McKinney
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia, District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
DeKalb County Commission
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