Hank Johnson

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Henry C. Johnson Jr.
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U.S. House, Georgia, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCynthia McKinney (D)
Leadership
Chair, DeKalb County Budget Committee
2002-2005
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,208,111
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
DeKalb County Commission
2000-2005
Education
Bachelor'sClark Atlanta University
J.D.Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Personal
BirthdayOctober 2, 1954
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$8,000
ReligionBuddhist
Websites
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, representing 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. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.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.

Biography

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.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Johnson serves on the following committees:[5]

  • 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

2011-2012

Johnson served on the following committees:

  • Committee on Armed Services[3]
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Committee on Judiciary[3]
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

Issues

Political positions

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 that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Johnson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

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.[9] “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.[9][10]

Economy

Immigration

Healthcare

Social issues

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia's 4th congressional district elections, 2014

Johnson is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Georgia's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Johnson won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 4th District.[11]

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.[15]

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

2014

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.[16]

Henry C. Johnson, Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]4/15/2013$17,642.25$53,378.90$(25,177.35)$45,843.80
July Quarterly[18]7/15/2013$45,843.80$71,624.89$(59,050.90)$58,417.79
Running totals
$125,003.79$(84,228.25)

2012

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.[19] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[20]

Cost per vote

Johnson spent $2.08 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[21]

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 4th Congressional District, 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

Analysis

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".[22]

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.[23]

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 Jan 2007 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 4.6%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[24]

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.[25]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[26]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Johnson ranked 77th in the liberal rankings.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Johnson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,001 and $15,000. That averages to $8,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[28]

Voting with party

2013

Henry C. Johnson, Jr. voted with the Democratic Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 93rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[29]

Recent news

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Personal

Johnson is married to Attorney Mereda Davis Johnson and has two children.[3]

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Rockdale Citizen "Rockdale resident Vaughn announces run for Congress" Accessed February 16, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Hank Johnson for Congress "About Hank" Accessed October 25, 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 Congressman Hank Johnson, Representing the 4th District of Georgia "About Hank Johnson" Accessed October 25, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Office of Hank Johnson, "Rep. Johnson’s statement following the President’s remarks on Syria," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 11 Alive.com, "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Georgia Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Henry C. Johnson, Jr." Accessed April 4, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Henry C. Johnson, Jr. 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  18. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Henry C. Johnson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  20. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Henry C. Henry C.son Jr. 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  22. Gov Track "Johnson" Accessed June 13, 2013
  23. OpenCongress, "Rep. Henry C. Johnson," Accessed August 1, 2013
  24. GovTrack, "Jo Johnson," Accessed March 29, 2013
  25. LegiStorm "Henry Johnson"
  26. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Johnson (D-GA), 2011"
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Cynthia McKinney
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia, District 4
2007–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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DeKalb County Commission
2000-2005
Succeeded by
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