Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson Calls on Community to Help Honor Local Veterans

2016/05/24

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce that nominations for his Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) ceremony are now open.  This annual program is designed to publicly recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of Collin County’s military veterans.

“North Texas is home to many men and women who have donned the uniform in defense of Freedom,” said Johnson.  “Many of these patriots are so dedicated to serving others that when they retire from active duty, they continue to serve their community in a variety of ways.  To honor these exceptional hometown heroes, it is my distinct honor and privilege to provide an opportunity for our community to learn about – and thank these veterans – for their service and sacrifice.”  

Johnson continued, “I encourage all Collin County constituents to consider the veterans they know for nomination: their family members, friends, neighbors, and work colleagues.   This ceremony is a unique way to show our veterans our deepest gratitude and utmost respect for their service.  And as a former military officer, I can also attest to how vital it is that we share our veterans’ stories – it is how we preserve America’s legacy of freedom and inspire our Great Nation’s future leaders.”

Anyone may nominate a veteran, and they may nominate as many veterans as they like.  Complete nomination packets should be mailed or hand-delivered to Johnson’s Plano office (address below) or emailed to Megan Foreman at megan.foreman@mail.house.gov by Friday, September 9th, 2016.   

To be considered, veteran nominees must meet all of the following criteria:

  • They must currently reside in the Third Congressional District;
  • They must have served as active duty military personnel or been reservists called to active duty; and
  • They must be retired or honorably discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Forces.

2016 CVC Nomination Form

For additional information, please call the Plano office at (469) 304-0382 or visit Congressman Johnson’s website.

*Honorees will be announced in the fall and recognized at a public ceremony in December of this year. 

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Sam Johnson Congratulates 2015-2016 High School CYAC Graduates, Application for New CYAC Class Now Open

2016/05/18

 PLANO, TX – As the school year comes to a close, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) congratulates his graduating Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) of 2015-2016. 

In addition, as students gear up to enjoy the summer months, Johnson is also happy to announce that applications for the 12th annual CYAC program are now open.  High school students living in the Third Congressional District are invited to submit their applications no later than Friday, September 16th, 2016.      

“I congratulate the students of the 2015-2016 CYAC for a successful school year,” said Johnson.  “We had some great meetings during which we had detailed policy discussions, and I was so impressed with how these CYAC students continued to challenge one another for better ideas and understanding of today's issues.  I thank all our students for their hard work and generosity of spirit – y’all have bright futures ahead!”

Johnson continued, “Because Collin County has many outstanding students and the application process for CYAC can be competitive, I am also happy to announce that this year my staff and I are giving students time over the summer months to thoughtfully prepare their applications.  I encourage any student interested in learning about our government through first-hand civic participation to consider the opportunity, and I look forward to meeting the 2016-2017 CYAC class this fall!”    

The CYAC program was formed in 2004 to gain insight from students in Collin County and to inspire civic-minded young adults to achieve their full potential and begin building a legacy of service.  Students selected for CYAC will meet with Congressman Johnson and other civic leaders at least four times during the school year to learn about the development of public policy while exploring the role of citizens, lawmakers, experts, and those institutions that directly impact the world’s most successful democracy.

CYAC is open to Third District high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in public, private, or home schools.  They must exhibit leadership, strong academic performance, and community service. Each student is permitted to participate once during their high school career and they are welcome to apply multiple years.

For more information and to apply, please visit Congressman Johnson’s website. If you have any questions, please contact Meagan Talton at (469)-304-0382 or Meagan.Talton@mail.house.gov.   

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Sam Johnson on 65th Annual National Day of Prayer

2016/05/05

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Americans join together to pray for the future of our country on the 65th annual National Day of Prayer, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) released the following statement:
               

“We are at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, and the theme for this year’s Day of Prayer – ‘Wake Up America’ – could not be more appropriate.  It is a reminder of the importance of the faith and principles shared by so many of our Founding Fathers – faith and principles that played a major role in the establishment of our Constitution and the protection of our individual liberty.  Today is also a reminder that we should embrace these roots because they are what make America unique and exceptional.

 

“With that in mind, I invite folks to join me in calling for His holy guidance.  I pray that God has grace upon the American people.  I pray that all the men and women in government roles who serve the American people would be given strength to always act with integrity.  I pray that they will be open to God’s Word, and that God grants them infinite wisdom as they make decisions that impact the future of our country. 

 

“We are One Nation Under God.  May we always continue to be so.”  

 

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Protecting the 2nd Amendment Rights of Individuals with Disabilities

2016/05/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced its proposed rulemaking to limit gun ownership for certain Social Security disability beneficiaries, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) released the following statement:

“Contrary to President Obama’s disdain for our Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, many Americans still very much value their right to bear arms.  Unfortunately but unsurprisingly, the President is now targeting certain Social Security disability beneficiaries.  This is wrong, which is why I am committed as ever to moving forward with my bill, the Social Security Beneficiary 2nd Amendment Rights Protection Act (H.R. 3516).  This commonsense legislation stops any decisions made by President Obama’s Social Security Administration from being used to take away a person’s 2nd Amendment rights.

“Social Security has no business stripping people of their Constitutional rights.    We need to protect the rights of all Americans, including individuals with disabilities.”

The proposed rule will remain open for public comment for 60 days, at which time the SSA will review the comments before deciding whether to move forward with a final rule.

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Sam Johnson Announces High School Student Winners of 2016 Art Competition

2016/05/02

Plano, TX – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”  Winners were announced at the Congressman’s free annual art exhibit and awards ceremony held at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

“We had a record-setting Art Competition this year with 112 local student artists who submitted artwork and over 3,700 people who participated in this year’s online poll for the People’s Choice Award,” said Johnson.  “The outstanding turnout and quality of work speaks volumes about the encouragement and training that is going on in Collin County’s high school art classes.  So I thank our parents and teachers for investing in these students and allowing these young minds to think and create for themselves.  Of course the real congratulations go to all of our student artists! Collin County has so many talented, creative students, and I congratulate each and every one of them for their hard work!”  

The First Place winner of the 2016 Art Competition is Lauren LaChausse from Prosper High School for her artwork, “South Texas Oranges.”   LaChausse’s artwork will soon travel to Washington, D.C. where it will be displayed in the United States Capitol building for one year along with other First Place winners’ artwork from across the nation.  At the awards ceremony, Southwest Airlines presented LaChausse with two free tickets for roundtrip airfare to Washington, D.C. where she will attend the national 2016 Congressional Art Competition unveiling ceremony in June.

The Second Place winner is Hannah Nolan from Plano Senior High School for her artwork, “Fruit Face.”  As the second place winner, Nolan’s work will be proudly displayed in Congressman Sam Johnson’s district office in Plano for one year.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award is Benjamin Tung from I-School High STEM Academy for his artwork, “One Gloomy Day.”

To view all of the winning artwork from this year’s competition, please visit the Congressman’s website.

Full List of 2016 Art Competition Winners:

 

Place

Student

Title of Piece

School

Hometown

Teacher/Parent

1st

Lauren LaChausse

South Texas Oranges

Prosper High School

Prosper

Judy Seay

2nd

Hannah Nolan

Fruit Face

Plano Senior High School

Plano

Allison Garrison

3rd

Olivia Zha

Autumn Scenery

Allen High School

Allen

John Garrott

4th

Colin Chan

Dream or Reality

Plano East Senior High School

Plano

Doris Chan

People’s Choice Award

Benjamin Tung

One Gloomy Day

I-school High STEM Academy

Plano

Kathy Tung

Honorable Mention

Ovet Reynoso

Winter Bloom

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Mary Woodruff

Honorable Mention

Stephanie Shu

Sunflower Portrait

Liberty High School

Plano

Pernie Fallon

Honorable Mention

Jaylen Miller

Door to Elysium

Heritage High School

Frisco

Sarah Watkins

Honorable Mention

Stacey Li

Winter Window

Prosper High School

McKinney

Judy Seay

Honorable Mention

Julia Patterson

Canine Cosmonauts

Plano Senior High School

Plano

Allison Garrison

Honorable Mention

Logan Gardner

Camouflaged

Allen High School

Allen

John Garrott

Honorable Mention

Layna Maso

Hometown Spirit

Prestonwood Christian Academy

Frisco

Brenda Robson

Honorable Mention

Mia Elizondo

Mermaid

Prosper High School

Frisco

Judy Seay

Honorable Mention

Austin Galletti

Iris in Spring

Allen High School

Allen

John Garrott

Honorable Mention

Samantha Cheng

Fleurs

Allen High School

Allen

John Garrott

Honorable Mention

Grace McCraw

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Prestonwood Christian Academy

Plano

Brenda Robson

 

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April 19th: Sam Johnson Staff Offer Federal Agency Assistance

2016/04/13

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours.”  Folks living in the Third District who need assistance in dealing with a federal agency are encouraged to attend.  April’s Mobile Offices will be located in Frisco, Fairview, McKinney, and Anna (times and specific locations listed below). Appointments are not necessary.

“My staff and I help Third District constituents deal with federal agencies every day, but sometimes a phone call or a trek out to our Plano office isn’t the best option for folks,” said Johnson.  “That is why I’m proud to offer these monthly Mobile Office Hours.  Folks can come out to one of these locations and ask my staff questions or get help with various issues. We are also happy to make requests on your behalf to federal agencies.  I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on April 19th, 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:

  • Identity Theft
  • 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

Frisco, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
George A. Purefory Municipal Center
6101 Frisco Square Boulevard
Frisco, TX 75034

Fairview, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Fairview Town Hall            
372 Town Place
Fairview, TX 75069

McKinney, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
McKinney City Hall
222 Tennessee Street
McKinney, TX, 75454

Anna, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Anna City Hall    
111 North Powell Parkway
Anna, TX 75409

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Congressional Art Competition Continues

2016/04/11

PLANO, TX  U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s (TX-03) Congressional Art Competition continues as voting begins for the 2016 People’s Choice Award.   From now through April 18th at 5pm CST, Collin County constituents are invited to view all 112 high school students’ entries on Congressman Johnson’s website and vote for their favorite

“Thank you to all the students who submitted artwork for the 2016 Congressional Art Competition – we have some exceptionally talented young artists,” said Johnson.  “On April 25th, I will be holding our annual Award Ceremony where our First, Second, Third, and Fourth place winners as well as Honorable Mentions will be announced.  But we still need your help in selecting this year’s People’s Choice Award!  Therefore, I encourage folks to visit my website where you check out the hard work and creativity of Collin County’s high school students – and then vote for your favorite piece!  The artist whose work receives the most online votes will receive this year’s ‘People’s Choice Award.’ This means a lot to our student artists, and I know they would all appreciate your support.  I wish all our students good luck and I thank them for participating!”

If you plan to attend the Art Competition Award Ceremony, please RSVP to Meagan Talton no later than 5:00pm on April 20th.  

About the Art Competition

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, whether they attend public, private, or home schools.

On April 25th, Congressman Johnson will also host an art exhibit and award ceremony to display entries and announce the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Place winners, as well as the People’s Choice Award and Honorable Mentions.  The event is free and open to the public.     

The First Place winner will have the rare and unique opportunity to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year as part of an exhibition comprised of artwork from across the country.  The First Place winner will also win a free trip to Washington, D.C. where the student will meet with Congressman Johnson and attend an award reception and exclusive unveiling ceremony for all the art competition winners nationwide.

The Second Place winner’s art will displayed in the Plano District Office for one year.

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March 22nd: Sam Johnson Staff Offer Federal Agency Assistance

2016/03/18

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours.”  Folks living in the Third District who need assistance in dealing with a federal agency are encouraged to attend.  March’s Mobile Offices will be located in Plano East, Richardson, Murphy, and Princeton (times and specific locations listed below). Appointments are not necessary.

“My staff and I help Third District constituents deal with federal agencies every day, but sometimes a phone call or a trek out to our Plano office isn’t the best option for folks,” said Johnson.  “I understand that, which is why I’m proud to offer these monthly Mobile Office Hours.  My staff and I are happy to answer questions, help you handle various issues, and also make requests on your behalf to make this process easier.  I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on March 22nd, 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 am - 10:30 am
Plano Municipal Center
1520 K Avenue
Plano, TX 75074

Richardson, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Richardson Civic Center
411 West Arapaho Road, Suite 102
Richardson, TX 75080

Murphy, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Murphy City Hall
206 North Murphy Road
Murphy, TX 75094

Princeton, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
Princeton City Hall
123 West Princeton Drive
Princeton, TX 75407

 

 

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Sam Johnson Awarded Inaugural Bipartisan Congressional Patriot Award

2016/03/16

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 15th, 2016, the Bipartisan Policy Center awarded U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) with its first Congressional Patriot Award.  The biennial award, established by representatives John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Cole (R-OK), recognizes "two Members of Congress – one Democrat and one Republican – who have performed patriotic deeds worthy of remembrance."  Johnson shared the award stage with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), the iconic civil rights activist and first Democrat recipient of the award.

Congressman Johnson, a 29-year Air Force veteran who served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars, spent nearly seven years of his life in the infamous Hanoi Hilton POW camp.  While imprisoned, Johnson fought back and was dubbed a "diehard resistor" along with 10 other individuals.  Subsequently, these 11 men – self-titled the "Alcatraz Gang" – were moved to solitary confinement.  Johnson spent 42 months alone in a 3x9 foot cell – the longest time of any POW in the camp

Following the award presentation, Johnson released the following statement

"I’m deeply honored to be one of the inaugural recipients of the Congressional Patriot Award. I believe this award will serve as a great opportunity to pass down some key moments in our Great Nation’s history to future generations and to reiterate the importance of patriotism.

"Patriotism is important and it must be fostered in our future generations. Even more important, patriotism must be put into practice. That means each individual serving our Great Nation with the talents and skills which God has blessed them.  It also means defending our freedom when it is threatened, because without freedom all the other rights Americans enjoy – and at times take for granted – are mute.

"To quote one of my favorite presidents, Ronald Reagan, 'Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.'"

About the Congressional Patriot Award (according to the Bipartisan Policy Center):

Recipients will have demonstrated the immeasurable value of placing the interests and goals of the nation above all other interests, as well as characteristics of both courage and civility. In so doing, they will have brought credibility and honor to the United States Congress in a manner which reflects our Founding Fathers’ vision for service in the Legislative Branch, and builds the trust of the American people in the capacity of its governing institutions to secure and advance our nation.

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SAVE YOUR TAX DOLLARS: Sam Johnson Hosts “Free File” Tax Workshop

2016/03/13

PLANO, TX – To help Collin County constituents save their hard-earned dollars during tax season, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will be joining Free File Alliance for a briefing and “Free File” tax workshop.  The event is free and open to the public. 

The briefing will highlight the IRS “Free File” program, which provides free online tax-prep and e-filing services to taxpayers who earned an annual income of $62,000 or less in 2015.  Following the briefing, there will be a one hour interactive demonstration to see how easy it is to use “Free File” and learn about other free tax services in the community.

“As a fiscal conservative, I want to do everything I can to help folks navigate the cumbersome tax filing process and keep money in their pocketbooks,” said Johnson.  “I look forward to a productive meeting, and I also encourage folks who need any other assistance with the IRS to please call my Plano office at (469) 304-0382.  My staff and I are always happy to help!”

WHAT:           Learn how to file your taxes for free with Free File Alliance

WHEN:           March 24, 2016

                        10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m

WHERE:         Collin College, Spring Creek Campus

             2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway
             Room I 123
             Plano, Texas 75074  

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lori Baux: MLBaux@aol.com, 202-265-8148.

For more information, please visit www.irs.gov/freefile.

In addition to the Free File Workshop, Congressman Sam Johnson again provided local libraries with paper copies of the IRS’s “Tax Guide 2015 for Individuals” (IRS publication 17) as an affordable alternative for constituents. This 288-page publication provides critical information for individuals doing their 2015 tax returns.  To view the list of 12 local libraries and find a copy close to you, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about Congressman Johnson’s efforts regarding fiscal responsibility, CLICK HERE.

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Contact Information

1211 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-4201
Fax 202-225-1485
samjohnson.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Ways and Means

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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Louie Gohmert

TEXAS' 1st DISTRICT

Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

TEXAS' 4th DISTRICT

Jeb Hensarling

TEXAS' 5th DISTRICT

Joe Barton

TEXAS' 6th DISTRICT

John Culberson

TEXAS' 7th DISTRICT

Kevin Brady

TEXAS' 8th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Michael Conaway

TEXAS' 11th DISTRICT

Kay Granger

TEXAS' 12th DISTRICT

Mac Thornberry

TEXAS' 13th DISTRICT

Randy Weber

TEXAS' 14th DISTRICT

Bill Flores

TEXAS' 17th DISTRICT

Randy Neugebauer

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Pete Olson

TEXAS' 22nd DISTRICT

Will Hurd

TEXAS' 23rd DISTRICT

Kenny Marchant

TEXAS' 24th DISTRICT

Roger Williams

TEXAS' 25th DISTRICT

Michael Burgess

TEXAS' 26th DISTRICT

Blake Farenthold

TEXAS' 27th DISTRICT

John Carter

TEXAS' 31st DISTRICT

Pete Sessions

TEXAS' 32nd DISTRICT

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