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Now in his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District in the eastern suburbs of Atlanta, Congressman Hank Johnson has distinguished himself as a substantive, effective lawmaker and a leading national progressive voice.

Named one of the most effective Democrats in Congress by a University of Virginia and University of Vanderbilt study, Rep. Johnson has proven his ability to get things done.

From his seat on the House Judiciary Committee and as ranking member of the subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law, Rep. Johnson has introduced, co-sponsored and passed legislation to level the playing field for everyday Americans. His bills that protect consumers and citizens’ civil liberties include the Arbitration Fairness Act (AFA) and the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act.

As a champion for digital inclusion and an open Internet, Rep. Johnson has pushed to empower low-income and minority communities through digital rights, broadband access, and equality of opportunity online.

A member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Johnson became a leading national voice for the demilitarization of local law enforcement agencies in 2014 after police donned camouflage tactical gear and climbed aboard heavily armored vehicles to confront peaceful protestors in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed teenager. To help restore trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve, he filed the Police Accountability Act and the Grand Jury Reform Act in the wake of police shooting deaths of unarmed black men across the country.

In 2010, Rep. Johnson was a member of the prosecution team in the impeachment trial of New Orleans U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr., resulting in the first impeachment and conviction of a federal judge in more than two decades.

Prior to taking his seat in Congress in 2006, Rep. Johnson practiced criminal defense law in Georgia for twenty-seven (27) years. He served twelve (12) years as a magistrate judge, and five (5) years as a county commissioner.

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


Entries by Rep. Hank Johnson

Toxic Coal Ash Could Be Coming to Landfill Near You -- Here's Why It Matters

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 12:15 PM

Power companies are closing down old, air polluting, coal-fired power plants as we move toward cleaner, more sustainable ways to generate electricity.

As these plants close, they leave behind a material known as coal ash. Coal ash is a public health hazard if it is not disposed of safely....

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Every Member of Congress Should Sign On To My Bills That Enhance Consumers' Privacy & Ensure Digital Inclusion

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 10:20 AM

Last week, I introduced a pair of bills to safeguard consumers' privacy: the Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2016 (H.R. 4517), a bill to increase consumer privacy on mobile devices; and the Data Broker Accountability and Transparency (Data) Act of 2016 (H.R. 4516), which would prohibit data...

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You're Getting Ripped Off By Forced Mandatory Arbitration -- Here's How to Stop It

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 11:25 AM

From Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia and Senator Al Franken of Minnesota


Forced arbitration rigs the game in favor of big corporations and against consumers and employees. And recently, a New York Times investigation has exposed just how prevalent this...

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You're Getting Ripped Off By Forced Mandatory Arbitration -- Here's How to Stop It

(47) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Forced arbitration rigs the game in favor of big corporations and against consumers and employees. And recently, a New York Times investigation has exposed just how prevalent this damaging practice is; indeed, the story almost certainly affects you, personally.

If you've ever opened a credit card, rented...

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Until We Renew the VRA, the Confederate Flag, Still Symbolic, Flies Over the Nation

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:17 PM


In the wake of the horrific, racially motivated murders at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Americans united behind a common goal.

The Confederate Battle flag -- an emblem of hate, bigotry and racism -- was lowered in South...

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Rep. Johnson: Level of Police Violence Against Black Women and Girls Unacceptable

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 3:00 PM

Congressman Johnson, alarmed at violence against women -- and black women in particular -- gave the following speech on the House floor today:


M. Speaker, a few weeks ago I came to this floor and said it felt like open season on black...

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More must be done to de-militarize our police

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 1:24 PM

POTUS' executive order de-militarizing our police a good first step, but more must be done.


President Obama: Police must "embrace a guardian -- rather than a warrior -- mindset to build trust and legitimacy both within agencies and with the public."

The nature...

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Modernizing Combat Medical Training to Provide American Troops With the Best Care Possible

(12) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 5:24 PM

At a time when cutting-edge technology has transformed nearly every aspect of how the U.S. military does business, the Defense Department is stuck teaching combat medics with techniques straight from the last century.

Every year, the Department of Defense (DoD) burns, maims, and kills more than 8,500 goats and pigs...

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Protect the Open Internet

(9) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Over the past month, U.S. House and Senate Republicans have launched a series of investigations into the Federal Communications Commission's independence in crafting strong net neutrality rules, accusing President Obama of improper influence over the FCC's rulemaking.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight...

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Why Are Republicans Trying to Suppress My Fight Against Militarizing the Border?

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 3:29 PM

Republicans are interested in expanding the Defense Department's 1033 program not because local officers actually need MRAPs and assault weapons to conduct "border security activities" but out of a purely ideological desire to expand police militarization.


That's the impression I got yesterday...

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Congressman announces #HandsUpChallenge

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 10:23 AM

More than a half a century ago, a young preacher called a generation to action and forever changed the course of history.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. devoted his life to justice and equality, sowing seeds of hope for a day when all people might claim "the...

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Extrajudicial Killings Show Grand Jury Reform Long Overdue

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Bill will help restore trust to 'broken' system

This week, the nation is grieving the death of yet another African American man at the hands of local law enforcement caused by what appears to have been the use of excessive and deadly force against an unarmed citizen. Eric Garner died...

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VIDEO: #ICantBreathe Poem on House Floor

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 4:19 PM

Men and boys killed by police.

I can't breathe.

Impunity for the killers - no justice, no peace.

I can't breathe.

Militarized police met peaceful protesters on their knees.

I can't breathe.

Weapons of war - a show of force on our streets.

I can't breathe.

Disenfranchised youth driven to violence as speech.

I can't breathe.

Cynical media think this makes great TV.

I can't breathe.

This cowardly Congress afraid of losing our seats.

I can't breathe.

Half-hearted reform when there's more that we need.

I can't breathe.

Just thinking about the despair that this breeds.

I can't breathe.

Black lives matter. Hear my pleas.

I can't breathe. I can't breathe.


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Speaking Out Against the Militarization of Police

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 2:33 PM

On Thursday, November 13, I had the opportunity to discuss my bipartisan bill -- Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2014 (H.R. 5478) -- in a House Armed Services Subcommittee Hearing on the Pentagon's 1033 Program.

VIDEO: Panel 1 | Panel 2

The 1033 Program permits...

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The Failed 'War on Drugs' Is Militarizing Law Enforcement, Fueling Police Violence

(8) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 2:42 PM

In a fundamentally misguided effort to stop Americans from using drugs, the United States Department of Defense has provided over $4 billion in surplus military equipment -- often from warzones overseas -- to local police for free.


This equipment, including Mine Resistant...

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Study: I'm the Most Effective Member of GA Delegation in 112th Congress

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Under most circumstances, I'm not the kind of man or congressman that likes to brag about myself or my accomplishments -- I usually like to simply work as hard as I can and let my actions speak for itself.

But I must admit I took a little bit of...

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 12:22 PM

Isaac Newton once said, "If I see farther it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants." As someone who has witnessed the evolution of race relations in this country, I can proudly say that as a member of Congress that's what I'm doing.

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New Caucus to Focus on Expanding Medicaid

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 12:17 PM

As co-chair of the new State Medicaid Expansion Caucus, I look forward to leading an ongoing dialogue on the how important expanding Medicaid is for my state, Georgia, and the entire country.

I'm thrilled my good friend from North Carolina, Congressman G. K. Butterfield, has agreed...

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Congress Must Act to Bolster Voting Rights Act

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet." - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I wish every member of the Supreme Court had the wisdom and...

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Empty Stomachs and Empty Minds: Why 37 Million Children Can't Be Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 5:22 PM

In 2010, our fight to improve children's health surpassed a milestone with the passage of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFK) and the implementation of first lady Michele Obama's "Let's Move" campaign. With one stroke of President Obama's pen, we laid the foundation for providing healthier food options in...

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