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Sam Johnson to Host Plano Fall Open House December 4th


PLANO, TEXAS – On Friday, December 4th from 10:30-11:30 am, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host a Fall Open House at his Plano office.  This will serve as an informal time for Collin County constituents to come learn about the many services Johnson’s office provides, including: help with a federal agency, various programs for civic-minded youth, community outreach events, and much more. 

Due to space considerations, attendees must RSVP by phone (469-304-0382) or email (

“Many folks reach out to me during district events because they have questions about getting a service medal for a loved one, they need help with Social Security or Medicare, or they want to apply for a military academy – just to name a few,” said Johnson.  “So, in an effort to help folks have a better idea of what I can do as their Representative in Congress, I’m excited to host these seasonal Open Houses.  I look forward to meeting with you for some good coffee, cookies, and conversation!” 

Plano Office Location:
1255 West 15th Street
Suite 170
Plano, Texas 75075

Open House Times:
10:30-11:30 am
December 4th, 2015

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SCOTUS Decision to Hear Case Against Texas Pro-Life Law


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in response to the Supreme Court of the United States' announcement that it would be hearing a case against a Texas Pro-Life law, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) released the following statement: 

"As a staunch defender for Life, I am disheartened by the Supreme Court’s decision to review the Texas pro-life law.  This law not only protects the unborn, but also ensures women have access to quality health care. I remain hopeful that the Supreme Court will uphold the law to protect the unborn, not just in Texas – but around our nation."


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Sam Johnson Announces 12 Local Veterans to be Honored at Annual Veterans Event November 14th


Washington, D.C. – As Americans prepare to celebrate Veterans Day, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the twelve Collin County veterans to be honored at his annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) Ceremony on November 14th at Collin College.   The honorees were nominated by local Collin County constituents for their outstanding wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement.  Major Heather Penney – one of two Air Force pilots who took to the skies on September 11, 2001 on orders to take down Flight 93 with her own aircraft before the terrorists reached Washington, D.C. –  will serve as keynote speaker at the ceremony.

“It’s truly my honor to congratulate this year’s twelve veteran honorees,” said Johnson. “These men come from all across Collin County.  They represent several military branches and a wide array of ranks.  But most importantly, they represent several generations of faithful service to the protection of our Great Nation.  That’s the special thing about North Texas – we are a deeply patriotic community.  I look forward to paying these outstanding veterans tribute for their military and civilian service on November 14th, 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.”

Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony Information:

Collin College
John Anthony Theater
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, Texas 75074
Saturday, November 14th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

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Greg Smith


Lieutenant Colonel




Peter Burns


First Sergeant


Edward Myers






Allen Clark






Scott Brewer


Sonar Technician Petty Officer 3rd Class


Ben Rangel

Marine Corps





Joseph Spraggins


Ist Class Store Keeper




James Boddie

Air Force

Brigadier General


Howard Leidy

Air Force



Hal Power


Private First Class


Andrew White






Sam Wilder






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Sam Johnson Opposes Obama-Boehner Budget Deal


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted in opposition to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314).  After his vote, Johnson made the following statement:

“As a staunch fiscal conservative, I have been working with my fellow conservative colleagues to stop Washington’s out-of-control spending and get our fiscal house in order,” said Johnson.  “Unfortunately, today’s budget deal goes in the wrong direction.  Instead of building upon our hard-won efforts, this deal increases spending…and I could not in good conscience support it.

“American families want, need, and deserve a Washington that is fiscally responsible, and my constituents can rest assured I’ll continue to do everything within my power to get our country back on track.”


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Congressman Sam Johnson Launches “Honor Our Stars and Stripes” Program to Retire Worn Flags


Washington, D.C. – In an effort to meet the needs of constituents seeking to properly retire old and worn U.S. flags, today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) announced that his Plano office will now be accepting flags through his new program, “Honor Our Stars and Stripes.” Folks are invited to drop off their flags unsuitable for display, which will be retired in a ceremony in the spring of 2016.  Details about the program will be announced at a later date, and future ceremonies will be scheduled to fit demand.

According to the U.S. Flag Code, “The flag, when it is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”  Flags are considered to be unserviceable when they are torn, soiled, faded, or frayed.  Adhering to the policy of the respectful treatment of our national symbol, this spring Congressman Sam Johnson will be holding an event to properly retire flags.

“During my nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in the Hanoi Hilton, we were denied our most basic constitutional freedoms and human rights, and we were expressly prohibited from displaying our national flag,” said Johnson, a 29-year Air Force Veteran and Vietnam POW.   “But even the mere idea of the U.S. flag and all it embodies served as a reminder to me and my POW buddies of our fight to protect the values that we hold dear and stay strong in the face of the Communist Vietcong.”

Johnson continued, “As Americans, we must all remember what our flag represents – freedom and the individual rights we all hold dear.  As such, we must also uphold our duty to honor this symbol of our freedom.  We are proud to be Americans, and we show that pride through the proper and respectful treatment of our Stars and Stripes.  That’s why it’s my honor to host this event and to provide this necessary service to the folks in Collin County.”

As an additional constituent service, the office of Congressman Johnson can assist individuals desiring to purchase a new flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in order to commemorate a special occasion.  Congressman Johnson receives no profit from the sale of flags.  Ordering options can be found HERE.  

For more information on the “Honoring Our Starts and Stripes” flag program, please call Congressman Johnson’s Plano office at 469-304-0382.

Individuals are encouraged to drop off their old, worn U.S. flags at either the local office of Congressman Sam Johnson located at 1255 West 15th Street, Ste. 170, Plano, Texas 75075 or at the Congressman’s monthly Mobile Office Hours.  For details about the next Mobile Office Hours, call 469-304-0382 or visit Johnson’s website HERE.


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Rep. Sam Johnson: Major Heather Penney to be Keynote Speaker for Local Event Honoring Collin County Veterans


Washington, D.C. – With the annual Congressional Veterans Commendation ceremony less than a month away, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Major Heather Penney.   Major Penney was one of two Air Force pilots who took to the skies on September 11, 2001 on orders to take down Flight 93 with her own aircraft before the terrorists reached Washington, D.C.

“North Texas is a deeply patriotic community, and as such we are home to many exceptional veterans,” said Johnson.   “As a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW, I understand firsthand how important it is for a community to support its men and women in uniform – both while they serve and when they come home.   That’s why I’m proud to host the CVC – it’s an opportunity for us to take time out of our busy schedules and thank our local veterans for their service and sacrifice to our Great Nation.  I look forward to paying tribute to our veteran honorees on November 14th with our community, and I’m honored Major Penney will be joining us as our keynote speaker.”

Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony Information:

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

Saturday, November 14th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Bio for Major Heather Penney:

Heather Penney attended Purdue University from 1992 to 1997, receiving her B.A. in English in 1995, and her M.A. in American Studies in 1997. In 1994, she helped create the Purdue Air Race Team, the first collegiate team to race in the Air Race Classic. It was during her graduate studies that she learned that Congress had opened combat aviation to women. She applied to, and was selected by, the 121st Fighter Squadron to fly the F-16 Viper.

Heather was an F-16C+ pilot in the 121st Fighter Squadron on Andrews AFB, MD for over 10 years. Heather has flown numerous combat air patrols, sat alert, and scrambled in support of Operation Noble Eagle. She deployed to a classified location during the initial hostilities of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she primarily flew at night as a "scud hunter," also providing close air support for special operations forces. She has been the electronic combat pilot, served in squadron weapons and as the squadron readiness officer, served two combat tours, and has assisted and evaluated other Air National Guard units during operational exercises. She has multiple Air Medals and has been recognized as a superior performer during inspections. As a single mother of two young daughters, Major Penney made the difficult decision to leave the demanding life of a fighter pilot to spend more time with her children. Her last flight in the Viper was February 2009, and she continues to fly in the Air National Guard in the 201st Airlift Squadron as an instructor pilot and aircraft commander in the C-38 Gulfstream. She is currently enrolled in the Air Command and Staff College Master’s degree program (Master of Operational Military Science).

After leaving the F-16, Heather was selected as the race pilot for the jet racing team “AirRace21.” In this position, Heather gave extensive live television, internet media, and print interviews on behalf of AirRace21 and the Reno Air Racing Association. In the 2010 Reno Air Races, Heather raced the modified L-29 “Raju Grace,” an Eastern-Bloc primary military aircraft trainer that had undergone airframe modifications but was still powered by the original engine. Flying between 50’and 350’ AGL at over 410mph, she placed first in her speed grouping of stock-engine racers, and won second place in the Silver. In 2011, while testing and verifying “Raju Grace’s” new engine modification at PRS, Heather flew a highly competitive 57 seconds on the course (over 520mph). Structural failure of a rear engine mount resulted in a nearly catastrophic tail fire, from which Heather safely recovered the aircraft. Heather raced in the 2011 Reno Air Races, and in February 2012 chose to leave the team due to competing priorities. Heather remains supportive of AirRace21, RJI, and the Reno Air Racing Association.

Heather has held the position of Director, USAF Air Superiority Programs, Aviation Systems, Lockheed Martin Washington Operations since 2006. She led the 2006 F-22 Collier Trophy team; is a LEAD (Leadership and Executive Assessment and Development) graduate; and has completed numerous corporate courses including management strategies, capture team, and media training. The current focus of her portfolio includes emerging training and simulation technologies, F-35 training for U.S. services and international customers, and the T-X Advanced Jet Trainer competition.

Heather is a civilian flight instructor and continues to fly her 1950 Cessna 170A. She has 3,000 hours in multiple military jets and vintage taildraggers. She has flown her antique 1941 Taylorcraft aircraft coast-to-coast, and she co-pilots the Collings Foundation B-17, “Nine’O’Nine,” for a brief time in the summers. She is very involved with her alma mater, Purdue University College of Liberal Arts through regular visits, lectures, and student engagements; actively supports numerous charitable organizations and aviation museums; has been a keynote speaker for the USNA Character Capstone Seminar and Clemson University’s Leadership Summit; is a Jimmy Doolittle Fellow recipient; a panelist at the USNA’s Leadership Conference; a Purdue University Emerging Voices Award recipient; and has been honored by the Red Cross.



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Sam Johnson Congratulates 2015-2016 CYAC Students


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) participants. These 87 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 of CYAC students are listed below by school.

“We’ve got a great group of students this year – they’re bright, talented, and highly driven to make an impact in their community,” said Johnson.  “Now more than ever, it’s imperative that our young people not only understand how our democracy works, but get involved so that they can make positive, wise contributions to our country.  That’s why I’m looking forward to hearing from these CYAC ‘student ambassadors’ on the issues that matter most to them and their peers and also to joining them in giving back through our CYAC in the Community service projects.” 

“I congratulate the students of the 2015-2016 Congressional Youth Advisory Council and I thank all our students who applied,” Johnson continued.  “We had hundreds of applicants this year, and moving forward CYAC will be a one-year program to allow more students the opportunity to participate – because Collin County has an abundance of exceptional students!  With that in mind, I encourage those who are interested in serving on the 2016-2017 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 distinguished guest speakers.  During the CYAC activities, high-caliber students explore the role citizens, lawmakers, and experts play in a vibrant democracy.

Anna High School
Madisen Leggett

Allen High School
Omar Amir
Colleen Blahnik
Worsham Bryant
Regan Butler
Josephine Kimbrough
Miriam Laeky
Carson Leung
John Payne

Centennial High School
Chloe Campos
Shawn Kennedy           

Clark High School
John Scott

Faith Lutheran School
Paul Merritt

Frisco High School
Bryce Johnson
Madelyn Hicks

Hebron High School
Sarah Clonch

Homeschooler (Parker, Texas)
Steven  Elliott

Imagine International Academy of  North Texas
Nora Castaneda

iUniversity Prep
Hannah Faulkner

Independence High School
Thanuja Suram

Jasper High School
Kerhsin Zhuang

John Paul II High School
Shelby Highlander
Anna Matthews

Liberty High School
Akash Baskaran
Nitin Gharpure           

Lovejoy High School
L. Elizabeth Jowers
Michael Kline
Steven Sereno

McKinney High School
Neelam Bohra
Ryan Stewart

McKinney Boyd High School
Brendan Corcoran
Brendon McMahon
Lauren Patton
Joshua Pereira
Alexandra Thorson

McKinney North High School
Kayla Gilbreath

McKinney Christian Academy
Noah Kane

NEW College Prep Academy
Jonathan Lindstrom

Plano Academy High School
John Brubaker
Thomas Cheng
Purvi Contractor
Rahul Menon
Mason Sims
Erin Wanek

Plano East High School
Matthew Carey
Madison Guerra
Nathaniel Kaufman
Rishi Shridharan
Zachary Thomas

Plano Sr. High School
Joey Basdeo
Tanner Cedrone
Parker Duncan
Daniel Edwards
John Hoyt
Veronica Michaels
Rupasri Shankar
Wendy Wang  

Plano West
McKenna Black
Sam Bragg
Benjamin Carter
Brian Du
Madeline Groves
Stanton Harris
Alyssa Hill
Kevin Hoodwin
Tristan Jackson
Andrew Kaminski
Catherine Kennington
Kaelynn Mayes
Daniel Pick
Maya Rigley
Kevin Rinkliff
Taryn Shanes
Fatimah Sunez
Chelsey Wen

Prestonwood Christian Academy
Alex Ellington
Elizabeth Ellington

Prince of Peace Christian High School
Corinne Schnell

Prosper High School
Sydney Alley
Myles Bowman
Callie Dugger
Bailey McGraw

Shepton High School
Supria Anand
Devon Mayes 

Wylie High School
Breanna Jones

St. Mark Catholic School
Bryce Killian

Trinity Christian Academy
Andrew LaGassa


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Johnson Announces Location of New VA Clinic in Plano


 Washington, D.C. – After several years pushing for a local VA clinic to be established in Collin County for North Texas’ many veterans, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the location for the new VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) will be at 3804 West. 15th Street, Plano, Texas 75075.

“I know many of our veterans and their families have been eagerly waiting to hear where our new VA clinic would be – in fact it’s one of the questions people ask me the most – so I’m absolutely thrilled to announce the location has been decided,” said Johnson.  “The new Collin County VA Clinic will make a huge difference for veterans and their loved ones because they’ll finally be able to receive high-quality care closer to home.  This is a huge win for North Texas, and I couldn’t be happier for our community and our hometown heroes.”

"The new Plano Clinic will allow more Veterans in North Texas to receive the timely, compassionate, and high quality health care they have earned and deserve," said Jeff Milligan, VA North Texas Health Care System Director.  "I would like to personally thank Representative Sam Johnson for his leadership in making this project a reality for our Nation's heroes."

“This new clinic is something I’ve been working on for a long time behind the scenes, and it’s great to see this has finally come full circle,” Johnson continued.  “It was the right thing to do, and our hard work is paying off.  We’re looking forward to the groundbreaking in early fall and I know North Texas veterans will breathe a sigh of relief when this clinic finally opens its doors sometime in the spring!”

The 10,000 square foot clinic will open up access to the fast-growing North Texas population and will be equipped to serve 6,000 veterans per year.  The CBOC will house five Patient-Aligned Care Teams (PACT) and will be able to provide primary care, mental health, telemedicine, laboratory, and x-ray services.   


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Sam Johnson Opposes Budget that Fails to Defund Planned Parenthood


Washington, D.C.On behalf of Collin County constituents and in keeping with his Pro-Life record, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted against H.R. 719, the Continuing Resolution for FY2016, because it failed to defund Planned Parenthood.  Prior to the final vote on H.R. 719, Congressman Johnson supported H.Con.Res.79, a measure to defund Planned Parenthood.

After casting these Pro-Life votes, Johnson released the following statement:

“As a proud champion of Life, one of my priorities has been to permanently defund Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider.  With the revelation that this organization has been harvesting and selling aborted babies’ body parts and organs, it is clearer than ever that Planned Parenthood must be defunded.   As a Christian, father, and grandfather, I believe ALL Life is precious and sacred and must be protected.” 


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Sam Johnson Mobile Office Hours October 7th


Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, October 7th the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours” to provide Collin County constituents with federal agency assistance at convenient locations across the Third District.  October’s Mobile Offices will be located in Allen, Prosper, McKinney, and Sachse (times and specific locations listed below). Appointments are not necessary. 

“Whatever your issue may be with a federal agency – whether it’s veteran benefits, a problem with the IRS, or Social Security – navigating steps can be very confusing if you’re doing so alone,” said Johnson.  “My staff and I understand your frustrations and we’re happy to help you in dealing with federal agencies and making requests on your behalf to make this process easier.  I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on October 7th, 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

Allen, 9:00am-11:00am
Allen Senior Recreation Center
451 St. Mary Drive
Allen, Texas 75002

Prosper, 9:00am-11:00am
Prosper City Hall
121 W. Broadway St.
Prosper, Texas 75078

McKinney, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Collin College – Central Park Campus
2200 West University Drive
McKinney, Texas 75071

Sachse, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Sachse City Hall
5560 Highway 78
Sachse, Texas 75048 


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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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