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Sam Johnson


Sam Johnson Committed to Stopping President's Amnesty


Washington, D.C.  – In anticipation of President Obama’s reported plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) took to the House Floor to speak out against the President’s abusive executive actions.  

Regarding the President’s plan, Johnson stated:

“This summer’s border crisis was the result of President Obama’s 2012 decision to grant amnesty to some illegal immigrants.  Now the President is planning to grant amnesty to even more illegal immigrants – millions more.  And to make matters worse, these illegal immigrants may also be eligible for government benefits.  That’s just wrong.  What the president is doing is illegal. 


“Hardworking American taxpayers didn’t sign up to foot the bill for lawbreaking illegal immigrants.  The President is ignoring the American people, our Constitution, and our way of government.  America is a country of laws, not men. 

“My constituents are outraged at the President’s Imperial actions.  The American people want, need, and deserve a President who respects and follows the Constitution.  On behalf of my outraged constituents, I am fully committed to stopping this illegal action by the President.  Our democratic way of life is on the line.” 

On November 12th, Congressman Johnson joined his colleagues on a letter by Rep. Matt Salmon calling on House Appropriations Chairman Rogers to prohibit the funding of Obama's amnesty plan.  To view the letter, CLICK HERE.


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Sam Johnson Congratulates 2014 CVC Veteran Honorees


Washington, D.C. – As Veterans Day nears, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) is pleased to announce the nine Collin County veterans to be honored at his annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) Ceremony on November 1st. Keynote speaker Alvin Townley, best-selling author of Defiant, will serve as keynote speaker and hold a book-signing after the awards ceremony.

“I’d like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to this year’s nine veteran honorees,” said Johnson. “These men represent all five branches of our Armed Services, but more importantly they represent several generations of faithful service to the protection of our Great Nation. I look forward to paying these outstanding veterans tribute for their military and civilian service on Saturday, and I hope to see a large community turnout join me as we pass down our honorees’ examples of patriotism, bravery, and love of country to future generations.”


• Gil Benoit, Coast Guard, 1965-1973
• Christopher DeBord, Navy, 2006-2009
• Jack Hughes, Army, 1947-1978
• Mike Martin, Marines, 1994-1990
• Robert Paulk, Navy, 1984-2014
• Don Stevenson, Army, 1966-1969

• James Knabel, Army, 2002-2008

• Donald Sams, Air Force, 1966-1970


• Cliff Sosamon, Marines, 1992-1998


Collin College
John Anthony Theater
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, Texas 75074

Saturday, November 1st at 2pm

For more information about the Congressional Veteran Commendation, contact Johnson’s Plano office at (469) 304-0382.

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Washington, D.C. – In light of a second health care worker, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, contracting Ebola on American soil, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is following up on his recent efforts to protect the health of Americans by proposing legislation, the Stop Ebola Act, calling for an investigation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and seeking answers with respect to the deployment of troops to Liberia. 

“Nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned Ebola could become widespread in the United States,” said Johnson.  “I have personally called on President Obama and other high ranking officials to halt travel and visas from Ebola affected countries.  Unfortunately, the President is failing to listen to the American people and do the right thing by stopping travel and visas from these countries. That is why I introduced the Stop Ebola Act, along with my colleague Congressman Kenny Marchant.”

“Our nation is behind the curve in combating the domestic spread of Ebola,” said Rep. Marchant (TX-24). “Containment efforts will remain inadequate if we rely solely on the reactive measures being taken by the administration.  The Stop Ebola Act is a proactive approach to preventing additional travel-related cases of Ebola in the United States.  I have called for travel and visa restrictions since Ebola’s first appearance in North Texas and thank Congressman Johnson for his shared commitment to utilizing every available precaution to keep the American people safe."

The Stop Ebola Act would ban all new visas to citizens of Ebola-affected countries and would ban travel to the U.S. for any person who is not a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident if their journey originated in, or they traveled through, any Ebola-affected country.

Congressman Johnson continued, “While preventing more Ebola cases from being brought into our country is of critical importance, we must also contain the disease here.  After all, the latest developments in Dallas show the dangers of Ebola – it just takes one individual to spread Ebola.  That is why I’ve called on Inspector General (IG) Levinson of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to investigate the CDC’s response.  Bottom-line:  we cannot afford any further mistakes.”

Johnson’s letter asks the IG to determine what “breach in protocol” at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital led to the infections of health care workers Nina Pham and Amber Vinson.  Because the CDC admitted it had failed to send teams to Dallas with the necessary equipment, protocols, and procedures to stop the further spread of Ebola, the letter also requests specific information about what measures and protocols are now being implemented to adequately protect our health care workers and prevent the future spread of Ebola on American soil.

“As a 29-year Air Force veteran and a Prisoner of War for nearly seven years, I have always been a strong advocate for our servicemen and women. I am deeply concerned by the President’s decision to send our troops to Liberia.  That is why – in addition to these other measures – I’ve asked Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for answers regarding the risks facing our troops fighting Ebola.”

“It is time for President Obama to put the health of Americans first.  Period.   Rest assured that I am fully committed to making sure that my constituents are protected and will continue to do everything I can to contain and stop this deadly disease in its tracks.”



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Congressman Sam Johnson Congratulates this Year’s CYAC Students


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) participants. These 81 Collin County high school students were selected by a community board to serve on the council due to their outstanding leadership skills, academic performance, extra-curricular activity participation, and community service.  The names, grade levels, and hometowns of each student are listed below.

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that our young people not only understand how our democracy works but to get involved so that they can make positive, wise contributions to our country,” said Johnson. “This year’s Congressional Youth Advisory Council is an exciting group of smart and engaged high school students. I consider these young adults to be my ambassadors to Congress, and I look forward to hearing from them on issues that matter the most to them and their peers.”

“The fact that there are such bright, talented, and highly driven young people who are already seeking to engage in the world around them and make their communities a better place gives me great hope for the future of North Texas – and the future of our Great Nation.”

“I congratulate the students of this year’s Congressional Youth Advisory Council, and I thank all our students who applied. We had a record number of applicants, and I encourage those who are interested in serving on the 2015-2016 Council to apply next fall!”   

About CYAC:

Congressman Johnson created CYAC in 2004 to gain insight from students in the 3rd District and to inspire civic-minded young adults to achieve their full potential.  The group meets roughly twice each school semester with Congressman Johnson and a distinguished guest speaker.  During the CYAC activities, high-caliber students explore the role citizens, lawmakers, and experts play in a vibrant democracy.

Allen Students:

1.      Miriam Laeky, 11th grade
Carson Leung, 10th grade
Gordan Li, 11th grade
Anthony Niedzielski, 11th grade
Grace Swanson, 10th grade

Dallas Students:

1.      Daniel Madden, 11th grade
2.      Victoria Vandekop, 10th grade

 Fairview Students:
Michael Kline, 11th grade

2.      Benjamin Prengler, 12th grade
Connor Spencer, 11th grade
Julia Vastano, 11th grade

Frisco Students:

1.      Chloe Campos, 9th grade
Anna Ellis, 9th grade
Nathan Hwang, 11th grade
Jake James, 9th grade
Alyssa Messner, 12th grade
Sydney Polk, 9th grade
Anjali Sridharan, 11th grade
Pranarshitha Veeramraju, 12th grade
Harshini Vivekanandan, 11th grade

 McKinney Students:
Andrew Boese, 12th grade

2.      Nora Castaneda, 11th grade
Isabella Colandrea, 9th grade
Sean Hurley, 12th grade
Morgan Kee, 10th grade
Isabel Killroy, 11th grade
Budd Millikan, 9th grade
Lauren Patton, 11th grade
Madison Paxton, 12th grade
Nicholas Perovich, 11th grade
Haley Polk, 11th grade
Laiken Ritchie, 11th grade
Christopher Rodenbaugh, 11th grade
Ana Rodriguez, 11th grade
Brennan Stewart, 12th grade
Alexandra Thorson, 10th grade

Murphy Students:

1.      Alyssa Bottlinger, 9th grade
Audrey Fisher, 12th grade
Devarya Raman, 10th grade

Parker Students:
Steven Elliot, 10th grade

Plano Students:

1.      Akash Baskaran, 9th grade
McKenna Black, 11th grade
Sam Bragg, 11th grade
Connor Bresnahan, 11th grade
Purvi Contractor, 9th grade
Andrew Dickson, 11th grade
Brian Du, 10th grade
Parker Duncan, 10th grade
Britton Edwards,  11th grade
Elizabeth Ellington, 10th grade
Caroline Gaggini, 11th grade
Rohan Gopal, 11th grade
Noah Gonzalez, 10th grade
Aayush Goyal, 11th grade
Madeline Groves, 10th grade
John Hatch, 12th grade
Olivia Heatley, 12th grade
Shelby Highlander, 11th grade
Kevin Hoodwin, 10th grade
Nicholas Hughes, 11th grade
Catherine Kennington, 11th grade
Bryce Killian, 11th grade
Tracy Lu, 12th grade
Sophia Mapes, 10th grade
Colin McMahan, 11th grade
Veronica Michaels, 11th grade
Shayla Nebeker, 12th grade
Karthik Prabhakaran, 12th grade
Maya Rigley, 11th grade
Kevin Rinkliff, 11th grade
Paige Sellars, 12th grade
Rupasri Shankar, 11th grade
Jared Stahel, 11th grade
Makenzie Stuard, 12th grade
Amelia Trotter, 12th grade
Wendy Wang, 10th grade
Chelsey Wen, 10th grade 

Prosper Students:

1.      Julia Bristol, 12th grade
Hannah Crawford, 11th grade

 Richardson Students:
Brent He, 11th grade

2.      Spencer Humphrey, 11th grade



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Best-Selling Author Alvin Townley is Keynote Speaker for Annual Veteran Commendation Ceremony


Washington, D.C. – In anticipation of the annual Congressional Veterans Commendation ceremony on Saturday, November 1, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) encourages 3rd District constituents to show their gratitude to all our veterans by attending this special event. The program will include a reception with veteran honorees and a book-signing with best-selling author Alvin Townley.

“North Texas is home to many veterans, and it’s important that we take time out of our busy schedules to thank these brave men and women for their service and sacrifice to our Great Nation,” said Johnson. “Our veteran honorees faithfully served their country, and they continue to serve as civilian leaders. They truly are our hometown heroes, and I look forward to paying them tribute on November 1 with our community.”

“I am also thrilled to announce that best-selling author Alvin Townley will be our event’s keynote speaker,” Johnson continued. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Mr. Townley on his new book, Defiant, which was released earlier this year. He is a man who shares a deep appreciation for our Nation’s veterans and believes in the importance of passing down their inspirational stories to future generations.”

Townley’s book relates the story of the eleven American POWs known as the “Alcatraz 11,” who the North Vietnamese expelled from the infamous Hanoi Hilton for their extraordinary leadership and bold defiance. The book also tells how the wives of these eleven men founded the POW-MIA Movement and rallied a divided nation behind a common promise to POWs like Congressman Johnson: You are not forgotten.

“I hope to see a large community turnout at the ceremony as we publicly recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of Collin County veterans,” Johnson concluded. “Let’s show our veterans how much we care in a tangible and personal way.”

Alvin Townley will be available for interviews.

Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony Information:

Collin College
John Anthony Theater

2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, Texas 75074

Saturday, November 1st at 2pm


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Rep. Sam Johnson Offers Free Medicare Open Enrollment Info Session October 17th


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host a free information session covering Medicare Open Enrollment on October 17th at 11am.  The information session will feature the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging (NCTAAA).

“In order to best serve seniors living in the 3rd District, my staff and I have organized this free session to help folks navigate their Medicare options,” said Johnson.  “There have been a few changes regarding Medicare premiums for 2015, and I want to help seniors make sure their selected plans are the best option for their anticipated health care needs in the New Year.  I encourage all 3rd District seniors and caregivers to attend.”

Allen Senior Center
451 St. Mary Drive
Allen, TX 75002

October 17th at 11am

  • An overview of the 2015 Medicare Open Enrollment period, which runs from October 15th through December 7th;
  • Benefits counselors with the NCTAAA who can discuss the 2015 Medicare program;
  • Counselors to provide one-on-one assistance to help individuals sign up or change their Medicare plan.
2015 Medicare Premiums

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2015 Medicare Premiums, which are as follows:
  • Part A Premium (Note that most seniors do not pay this premium): $407 Per Month
  • Part A Deductible: $1,260 Per Benefit Period
  • Part B Premium: $104.90 Per Month
  • Part B Deductible (After deductible, you must pay 20% Coinsurance): $147 Per Year
For questions regarding services provided by the NCTAAA, please call Mary Jane Douglas at 1-800-272-3921, ext. 7166.

For more information, please contact Congressman Johnson’s Plano office at 469-304-0382.



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Rep. Sam Johnson: President Must Protect Americans, Suspend Travel & New Visas from Ebola-Affected Countries


Washington, D.C. – In the wake of recent Ebola-related events in the United States, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) released the following statement:

“The recent case of U.S. citizen Thomas Eric Duncan – who entered the country from Ebola-affected Liberia and passed away October 8th – makes it crystal clear that decisive action must be taken in order to contain the spread of this disease and protect the health and safety of all Americans.  This action must come from the President and his Administration. 


“That is why, on October 3rd, I sent a letter to Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Lushniak requesting he use his authority to ban travelers from Ebola-affected countries.  As a follow-up to that letter, I joined my fellow Texas colleagues today in calling on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to immediately ban travel to the U.S. from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, as well as immediately suspend all new visas from these countries until the Ebola epidemic is over.


“Rest assured that I will continue to closely monitor this situation and will do everything I can when it comes to protecting the health and safety of my constituents. 


“I also encourage North Texans and all Americans to take every proper safety precaution, including educating themselves on how Ebola in contracted.  The safety of all Americans is my top priority.”




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Sam Johnson Joins North Texans in Waving Goodbye to the Wright Amendment


Washington, D.C. – Nearly 10 years ago, on May 26, 2005, U.S. Congressmen Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) introduced The Right to Fly Act (H.R. 2646) to repeal the Wright Amendment that unfairly punished consumers flying out of Dallas Love Field.

 As North Texans celebrate the full repeal of the Wright Amendment on October 13th,  2014, Congressman Sam Johnson released the following statement:

“It was almost a decade ago that Jeb Hensarling and I introduced The Right to Fly Act.  And on October 13, our dream is fully realized – North Texans will now be free to fly where they want to, from where they want, when they want to, on what airline they want to – and at more affordable prices.


“While the repeal of the Wright Amendment is widely supported today, that wasn’t always the case.  Economists called for its repeal – not government officials – and we were initially hit with loud opposition from critics who wanted to see the Wright Amendment remain in place to protect DFW.  But we knew it wasn’t right or fair for the government to pick winners and losers. We felt determined to ‘Set Love Free.’


“Our efforts slowly gained momentum, and national support soon followed.  In 2006, President George W. Bush signed a version of our bill into law that would slowly dismantle the Wright Amendment over eight years. That day has finally arrived. Now that Love Field is fully open for business, this means North Texans will have more travel options and at more competitive prices.

“Signed into law in 1980, the Wright Amendment was intended to protect the struggling Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport from local competition by placing distance limitations at Love Field.  While the Wright Amendment helped the DFW Airport – which is now the third busiest airport in the world – it is no longer necessary. But more importantly, this Amendment needed to be repealed because it hurt consumers. The Wright Amendment’s restrictions made it hard for Love Field to compete with other airports that were allowed to offer nonstop, long-distance flights. Texans were paying the price for this lack of competition – both with their time and their pocketbooks. In fact, according to the Department of Transportation data from 2005, North Texas residents were paying approximately 30% more than the national average for comparable flights out of the DFW Airport. This was just plain wrong!


“Everyone wins when you unleash competition and let freedom and free enterprise prevail.  That is what the Wright Amendment Repeal is all about – giving consumers choice through competition.  At a time when government tries to regulate virtually every aspect of Americans’ lives, this repeal is a particularly meaningful win that should be celebrated.  The repeal of the Wright Amendment also serves as a testament to what we can accomplish with the American principles of hard work, determination, and commitment to freedom.

“As a 29-year Air Force veteran, I took an oath to defend freedom and the American way of life. In Congress it is my honor to continue to fight for those same freedoms on behalf of my constituents.”



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Rep. Sam Johnson Calls for Ban on Travelers from Ebola-Affected Countries


Washington, D.C. – In response to the recent Ebola case in Dallas, Texas, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) sent the following letter to the Acting United States Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Lushniak:

“Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first case of Ebola had been diagnosed in Dallas, Texas.  As a lifelong Texan who represents a district neighboring Dallas, this development is of grave concern to my constituents and me.  


“Already, the U.S. State Department has issued travel warnings and advisories for the countries most affected by Ebola, and several African countries and airlines have implemented their own travel restrictions.  And while the CDC has been screening travelers who fly out of those countries, the Dallas case proves that this is clearly not enough.  A person can evade CDC detection and arrive in the United States if that individual is asymptomatic and intentionally lies about, or is unaware of, their exposure to Ebola.


“While I understand an asymptomatic individual is not contagious, the person is contagious once they begin to show symptoms.  As a result, the CDC is monitoring upwards of fifty individuals who may have contracted Ebola from the Dallas patient once he arrived in the United States. 


“The Dallas incident clearly shows that while the CDC can prevent infected individuals with Ebola symptoms from leaving these countries – screeners cannot identify all infected persons.  Therefore, I am hereby requesting that you use the Surgeon General’s authority granted under 42 U.S.C. §265 and prohibit individuals from these countries which have had cases of Ebola from entering the United States. Without a cure or a vaccine for Ebola – which has a fatality rate of nearly 50 percent - we must do all that we can to protect American citizens from this horrific disease.”




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Johnson Announces Mobile Office Hours for October 1


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, October 1, the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours.” The Mobile Offices will be located in Plano East and West, McKinney, and Frisco.  This is an effort to conveniently provide 3rd District constituents with assistance by visiting different communities across North Texas. Appointments are not necessary.

“It’s my privilege to serve the good folks of the Third District, and it is important to me that my staff and I be available to help constituents with their various needs whenever possible. I encourage people to visit on October 1, but if you are unable to make it, you are always welcome to contact my Plano office at 469-304-0382.” 

Johnson’s staff can help with federal agency issues, such as:

  • Medicare;
  • Veterans Affairs (VA);
  • Home foreclosure;
  • Social Security; and
  • Internal Revenue Service.

In addition, Johnson’s staff can also:

  • Help with overseas adoptions;
  • Provide information regarding trips to Washington, D.C.;
  • Offer application guidance to a U.S. Service Academy;
  • Assist with Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) applications; and
  • Process requests to have American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol building.

Please be aware that Congressman Johnson is elected to serve in the legislative branch of our nation's federal government. He does not have jurisdiction to assist with the following:

  • Agency decisions made in line with federal law or regulation;
  • Problems with a state or local government agency – you must contact your state or local officials for help regarding these issues;
  • Judicial matters; and
  • Private disputes. Examples of these issues are: Child Custody, Divorce, and Criminal Trials or Imprisonment.

Please also be aware that, in order for Congressman Johnson’s staff to make inquiries on constituents’ behalf, the Privacy Act of 1974 requires a privacy release be signed before the agency is contacted.  If you are represented by counsel, their permission to assist with the case is also required. Make sure to bring all relevant documents so staff is able to help you as expediently as possible.

Mobile Office Times and Locations:

Plano East, 9:00-11:00
Plano Municipal Center

1520 K Avenue

Plano, Texas 75074
  Plano West, 2:00-4:00
Christopher A. Parr Library

6200 Windhaven Parkway

Plano, Texas 75093
  McKinney, 9:00-11:00
Collin College- Central Park Campus

2200 West University Drive

McKinney, Texas 75071
  Frisco, 2:00-4:00
George A. Purefoy Municipal Center

6101 Frisco Square Boulevard

Frisco, Texas 75034

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1211 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4201
Fax 202-225-1485

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Sam Johnson, a decorated war hero and native Texan, ranks among the few Members of Congress to fight in combat. During his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Representative Johnson flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He endured nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi, including 42 months in solitary confinement. Following his distinguished military career, Sam established a home-building business in North Dallas from scratch and served in the Texas State legislature.

Sam holds a House leadership role as one of the few Deputy Whips (vote counters). He is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means where he serves as the Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee and sits on the Health Subcommittee. In the 112th Congress, House leaders appointed Sam to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).

Sam uses his committee assignments to benefit the Third District. Sam’s tenure and long-standing relationships give his constituents direct access to top congressional leaders.

A fiscal hawk and constitutional conservative who advocates lower taxes and smaller government, Sam has proven himself as a respected leader with a rock-solid record.

In 2011, the renowned bipartisan publication, National Journal, named Sam the most conservative Member of Congress based solely on his voting record, meaning he voted against Nancy Pelosi and President Obama’s big government, failed stimulus agenda at every turn.

In 2009, Sam’s peers recognized him as the “most admired” Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, in 2009 the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor Society bestowed Sam their highest civilian accolade, the National Patriot Award, for his tireless work on behalf of the troops, veterans, and freedom.

In 2011, Sam accepted the “Freedom of Flight” award at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards, dubbed the Oscars of aviation, from renowned air show pilot Bob Hoover.

Sam serves as a Regent for the world famous Smithsonian Institution, where he represents the Board of Regents on the Advisory Board of the National Air and Space Museum.

Sam chronicles his POW experience in solitary confinement in his autobiography, Captive Warriors. The book details the stories of the self-named “Alcatraz Gang,” including great American patriots, such as Jeremiah Denton and Jim Stockdale.

A decorated combat veteran and war hero, Sam was awarded two 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.

Sam Johnson is married to the former Shirley L. Melton of Dallas. They are proud parents of three children and grandparents to ten.

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