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Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson.jpg
U.S. House, Texas, District 3
Incumbent
In office
1991-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyRepublican
PredecessorSteve Bartlett (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMay 8, 1991
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$7,411,261
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State House of Representatives
1985-1991
Education
High schoolWoodrow Wilson High School, Dallas, TX
Bachelor'sSouthern Methodist University
Master'sGeorge Washington University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Years of service1950-1979
CitationsTwo Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals and three Outstanding Unit Awards
Personal
BirthdayOctober 11, 1930
Place of birthSan Antonio, TX
Net worth$48,501
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sam Johnson (b. October 11, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. He represents Texas' 3rd congressional district. Johnson was first elected to the House in 1991.

Johnson most recently won re-election on November 6, 2012. He ran unopposed in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

Johnson began his political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where he served from 1985 until his election to the U.S. House in 1990.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Johnson is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

During Johnson's 29-year service in the U.S. Air Force, he fought in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a prisoner of war for seven years.[2]

Johnson won a special election on May 8, 1991, to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Steve Bartlett.

Career

  • 1950-1979: U.S. Air Force
  • 1985-1991: Texas State House of Representatives
  • 1991-present: U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Johnson serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Johnson was a member of the following House committees[2]:

Issues

Legislative actions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Johnson voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]

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.[5] For more information pertaining to Johnson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for 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.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[8]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for 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.[10]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for 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.[11] The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for 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 that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[13]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[14]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Sam Johnson (Texas) endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [15]

Campaign themes

2012

Johnson's campaign website listed the following issues:[16]

  • Abiding by the Constitution
Excerpt: "Americans are sick and tired of being bullied into bailouts, the nationalization of our banks, more government expansion, and the federal takeover of our healthcare system. "
  • Economic Security
Excerpt: "When the government is spending your money, Americans want, need and deserve the government to be fiscally disciplined and held accountable."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Americans want a common-sense approach to health care reform, not the Democrat's $1 trillion, 2,000-page government takeover of our nation's health care system."
  • Energy Independence
Excerpt: "I propose making America energy self-sufficient. This is about tapping America's energy to create American prosperity and American security. Ensuring a consistent and steady supply of affordable energy is fundamental to building a strong economy and creating jobs."
  • National Security
Excerpt: "As a 29-year Air Force veteran and a prisoner of war in Vietnam for nearly seven years, I know what it's like to serve your country far away from home and feel like some of your fellow Americans don't care about you."
  • Illegal Immigration
Excerpt: "We must protect our sovereignty once and for all by gaining control of our porous borders, and I believe that we must use every resource at our disposal."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I am an adamant believer in parental control over education. The Constitution does not give the federal government authority to dictate over our schools. "
  • Conservative Values
Excerpt: "With an A rating from the National Rifle Association, I am a firm believer in our Right to Bear Arms. I also strongly believe it is our responsibility to guard this personal freedom."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 3rd 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 Republican nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Johnson won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 3rd District. He defeated Josh Caesar and Harry Pierce in the May 29, 2012, Republican primary. He ran unopposed in the November 6, 2012, general election.[17][18]

U.S. House, Texas District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Johnson Incumbent 100% 187,180
Total Votes 187,180
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Johnson Incumbent 83.1% 33,592
Harry Pierce 12% 4,848
Josh Caesar 5% 2,002
Total Votes 40,442

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Johnson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Johnson raised a total of $7,411,261 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[29]

Sam Johnson (Texas)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 3) Won $1,136,768
2010 US House (Texas, District 3) Won $1,110,253
2008 US House (Texas, District 3) Won $1,213,670
2006 US House (Texas, District 3) Won $1,167,853
2004 US House (Texas, District 3) Won $959,576
2002 US House (Texas, District 3) Won $880,606
2000 US House (Texas, District 3) Won $942,535
Grand Total Raised $7,411,261

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Johnson's reports.[30]

Sam Johnson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 11, 2013$796,986.96$54,945.64$(88,511.60)$763,421.00
July Quarterly[32]July 11, 2013$763,421.00$179,844.14$(61,404.04)$881,861.10
Running totals
$234,789.78$(149,915.64)

2012

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

Johnson won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,136,768 and spent $972,691.[33] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[34]

Cost per vote

Johnson spent $5.20 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Johnson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $1,110,253 and spent $820,491.[35]

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-right Republican leader" as of June 2013.[36]

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.[37]

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 854 of 14,345 roll call votes from May 1991 to March 2013. This amounts to 6.0%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[38]

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 $1,105,360 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[39]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Johnson was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Johnson's staff was given an apparent $66,250.00 in bonus money.[40]

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 $17,003 to $80,000. That averages to $48,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth did not change from 2010.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Johnson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $17,003 to $80,000. That averages to $48,501 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[42]

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 24th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[43]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Johnson was tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 64th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[44]

Voting with party

2013

Sam Johnson voted with the Republican Party 99.3% of the time, which ranked 12th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[45]

Personal

Johnson and his wife, Shirley, have three children and 10 grandchildren.[2]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official House website "Biography," Accessed October 21, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  16. Campaign website, Top Priorities
  17. Republican candidate list
  18. Unofficial Republican primary results
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Sam Johnson," Accessed March 25, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Sam Johnson Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  31. 'Federal Election Commission "Sam Johnson April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  32. 'Federal Election Commission "Sam Johnson July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Sam Johnson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  34. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Sam Johnson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 29, 2011
  36. Gov Track "Sam Johnson," Accessed June 7 2013
  37. OpenCongress, "Sam Johnson," Accessed August 2, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Sam Johnson," Accessed April 2, 2013
  39. LegiStorm, "Sam Johnson," Accessed September 17, 2012
  40. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  41. OpenSecrets.org "Sam Johnson (R-Texas), 2011," accessed February 25, 2013
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Sam Johnson (R-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 17, 2012
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Bartlett
U.S. House of Representatives - Texas, District 3
1991-Present
Succeeded by
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