Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson Bill Helping Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities Signed into Law

2015/07/31

Washington, D.C. –  Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s (TX-03) Help Veterans Save for Health Care Act (H.R. 2514) was signed into law as part of H.R. 3236, which passed the House earlier this week on Wednesday.  The Help Veterans Save for Health Care Act, which Johnson reintroduced May 21, 2015, helps veterans with service-connected disabilities save for, pay for, and access quality health care. 

“America’s veterans deserve the best care when they return home after bravely serving our country,” said Johnson.  “But unfortunately the IRS has been a major road block for veterans, as well as their families, because the IRS is prohibiting veterans from contributing to a health savings account for a period of time if they choose to get care at the VA.  Veterans shouldn’t be put between a rock and hard place when it comes to saving for and receiving health care for service-connected disabilities.  On behalf of our veterans I am pleased this common-sense solution, the Help Veterans Save for Health Care Act, is now law.  Veterans can rest assured that I will continue to be an advocate on their behalf in Washington.”

Raymond Kelley, Veterans of Foreign Wars National Legislative Director, praised Johnson’s effort, stating, “The Helping Veterans Save for Health Care Act is a significant step towards addressing a detrimental inequity in current law.  This legislation would ensure veterans who utilize their earned VA benefits for service-connected health care are not precluded from saving for future health care needs.  The VFW applauds Congressman Johnson for his leadership in addressing this important issue.”

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Sam Johnson: Equal Social Security Treatment for Teachers, Firefighters, and Police Officers

2015/07/30

Washington, D.C. – In order to ensure Collin County and Texas teachers, firefighters, and police officers are treated no differently than other workers when it comes to their Social Security benefits, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) has signed on to H.R. 711, the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2015, which would do away with the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).

“Collin County’s teachers, firefighters, and police officers go above and beyond to serve our community and help make it a place people are proud to call home,” said Johnson, Chairman of Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee.  “Just because someone happens to serve the public doesn’t mean that they should be penalized when it comes to their retirement. Unfortunately, many of our public servants who have paid into Social Security are treated unfairly due to the Windfall Elimination Provision.  This is WRONG!  The men and women who teach our children and protect our communities, at times even putting their lives on the line, work hard – and they deserve to have their work treated the same as every other American who pays into Social Security.  ALL Americans want, need, and deserve the ability to achieve a secure retirement.  I thank my colleague, Chairman of Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Kevin Brady, for leading the way on this issue.  I am proud to join this fight.”

Specifically, H.R. 711 repeals the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which applies a different and arbitrary formula for public servants and replaces it with the same formula for all workers.  Moreover H.R. 711 satisfies the Johnson Rule, as H.R. 711 would help improve the solvency of Social Security.  

“I am honored to have the House Ways and Means leader on Social Security as a cosponsor for this important piece of legislation,” stated Brady.  “Social Security is extremely complicated, and through its formulas, it often doesn't treat people fairly. This bill is about treating our public servants who teach our children and protect our communities the same as any other American.”

Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) both praised Johnson’s efforts to see the current WEP Provision replaced.

“The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is proud to stand with Congressman Sam Johnson in his support of the Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act.  Texas’ retired school employees have always appreciated the support and leadership provided by Congressman Johnson, and we agree that this bill will help resolve an unfair disadvantage for our public school employees, firefighters, police officers and other public workers.  Texas public education retirees support H.R. 711 for its problem-solving approach, which fixes this unfair provision affecting thousands of public workers in Texas and around the country – and does so with the kind of common-sense fiscal discipline we have come to count on from Congressmen Sam Johnson and Kevin Brady.”  Tim Lee, Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) Executive Director

“ATPE has worked closely with Congressman Johnson to solve this problem, which is so important to public servants in Texas.  We thank Congressman Johnson for his endorsement of H.R. 711 and are grateful for his continued support for this proposal as a fix to the WEP.  ATPE looks forward to working with the bill’s co-sponsors and the Ways and Means Committee to pass this important legislation in the 114th Congress.” Cory Colby, State president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)

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House Passes Sam Johnson Bill to Help Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities

2015/07/29

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s (TX-03) Help Veterans Save for Health Care Act (H.R. 2514) as part of H.R. 3236.  Johnson’s bill would help veterans with service-connected disabilities save for, pay for, and access quality health care.  The passage of the Help Veterans Save for Health Care Act preceded the House’s approval of H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act that would, in light of the VA wait-listing scandal, make it easier to fire bad VA employees.  

During debate on the House Floor, Congressman Johnson made the following statement regarding the Help Veterans Save for Health Care Act:

“As a 29-year Air Force veteran and former POW, it’s no secret I’m a proud advocate for America’s veterans.  They bravely served our country, and they deserve the best care when they return home.  Unfortunately, the Veteran’s Administration has failed to uphold its end of the bargain.  And we’ve been working hard to fix it.

 

“But to add insult to injury, the IRS – yes the IRS – has also let down our veterans.

 

“Right now, the IRS prohibits veterans from contributing to a health savings account for a period of time if they choose to get care at the VA.  These health savings accounts enable Americans to save and pay for medical expenses.  And yet here we have the IRS standing in the way of veterans… keeping them from getting the care they want, need and deserve.  That’s wrong!    

 

“Bottom-line, veterans shouldn’t have to choose between getting care at the VA for a service-connected disability or being able to save for health care, including for their families.  My bill would allow veterans to do both. 

 

“In closing I thank my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for their support.  I’d also like to thank the Chairman for working with me on this.  But most importantly, I want to personally thank each of our veterans who faithfully served to protect our Great Nation.   Let’s get this done.” 

 

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Stopping the IRS from Targeting Wrongfully Convicted Individuals

2015/07/17

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced the Wrongful Convictions Tax Relief Act (H.R. 3086) – legislation that would prohibit the IRS from taxing compensation awarded to people who have been imprisoned due to a wrongful conviction.  

“Many folks know that I spent nearly seven years of my life as Prisoner of War – those are years away from my family that I can’t get back…and the same can be said for individuals who have been locked up due to a wrongful conviction,” said Johnson.  “While I wish we could return to them the years these innocent individuals lost in imprisonment, Congress can ensure they don’t suffer the additional injustice of the IRS taxing their restitution.  What the IRS is doing is just wrong!  These wrongfully convicted folks – and their families – have already suffered enough.   They are working hard to move forward with their lives and they deserve to do so without obstacle.” 

According to the Innocence Project there have been over 300 DNA exonerations, with 52 in Texas alone.  Texas provides $80,000 per year as well as other benefits for those who have been wrongfully imprisoned.  Most recently, on June 1, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law legislation establishing the Timothy Cole Exoneration Review Commission, which will be charged with coming up with recommendations to prevent future wrongful convictions.  The Commission is named after Timothy Cole who was imprisoned and subsequently died in prison for a crime he did not commit.  

Johnson’s Wrongful Convictions Tax Relief Act is supported by FreedomWorks and Americans for Tax Reform, and both have called on other lawmakers to support the legislation.  Full letters of support can be read by following the links.  Excerpts below:

Americans for Tax Reform: “Closing the recompense tax problem should be at the forefront of all legislators concerned with fair taxation and legal justice. No innocent person should have to spend time in prison only to find a tax bill in the mail for their rightful compensation. I ask that your colleagues in the House and Senate take up this essential legislation.”

FreedomWorks:  “When someone is wrongfully convicted of a crime they didn’t commit, it is both unjust and insulting to then apply taxes to their restitution. I hope you’ll contact your representative and urge him or her to support and co-sponsor the Wrongful Convictions Tax Relief Act, H.R. 3086.”

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Sam Johnson July Mobile Office Hours: Let Us Help You with Federal Agency Assistance

2015/07/15

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, July 29th 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.  July’s Mobile Offices will be located in Celina, McKinney, Murphy and Fairview (times and specific locations listed below). Appointments are not necessary.  

At each Mobile Office, folks will also able to pick up nomination forms for Congressman Johnson’s annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) ceremony held in the fall. This program is designed to publicly recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of Collin County veterans.  More information about the CVC can be found HERE.

“Constituents frequently contact my office because they require assistance with federal agencies – which can be very confusing if you are navigating steps alone,” said Johnson.  “My staff and I are happy to help you in dealing with federal agencies and making requests on your behalf to make this process easier.  Maybe you need help with veteran benefits, a problem with the IRS, or emergency passport assistance for summer travel!  Whatever the issue may be, I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on July 29th, 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

Celina, 9:00am-11:00am
Old City Council Chambers
302 W. Walnut Street
Celina, Texas 75009

McKinney, 9:00am-11:00am
McKinney City Hall
222 N. Tennessee Street
McKinney, Texas 75069 

Murphy, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Murphy City Hall
206 N. Murphy Road
Murphy, Texas 75094 

Fairview, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Fairview City Hall
372 Town Place
Fairview, Texas 75069

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Sam Johnson Statement on Iran Nuclear Deal

2015/07/14

Washington, D.C. – In response to the White House’s announcement that President Obama and the P5+1 group (China, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, plus Germany) have reached a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) made the following statement:

“Time and again Obama has proven we can’t take him at his word – and that is especially the case with this nuclear deal with Iran.  It’s a bad deal that gives away the farm, and Obama’s assurances that it will prevent a nuclear Iran are delusional.  The idea that Iran will not go nuclear with this deal simply flies in the face of history.  PERIOD.

 

“Thanks to Obama, the deal would lift tough, crippling sanctions on Iran that would boost Iran’s Islamic theocracy by hundreds of billions of dollars.  And what does America get out of this deal?  We get to ask permission from Iran to inspect their nuclear sites…and they have 14 days to decide whether or not they would like to grant it to us.  This does nothing to ensure Iran DOESN’T obtain nuclear weapons, and instead puts us at the mercy of the Iranian government.  Worse yet, I’m afraid this deal will undoubtedly start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.  Saudi Arabia has already said as much.

 

“Unfortunately this deal is part and parcel with Obama’s disastrously naïve foreign policy that is based on accommodating and appeasing our adversaries, stiffing our friends, and all the while gutting our military.  This is a sad day for America. 

 

“Rest assured I will be opposing this bad deal and will be doing everything in my power to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.  I am also calling on the American people to make sure the President hears you loud a clear: we DO NOT want this deal!  If Obama follows through on his veto threat, we will need 2/3 of Congress to stand strong and STOP this deal in its tracks.”

 

 

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Sam Johnson: Celebrating Our Independence, Remembering our Roots

2015/07/04

PLANO, TX – As America celebrates its independence, declared 239 years ago, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), 29-year Air Force veteran and POW for nearly seven years, released the following statement:

“America’s Independence Day is a day I look forward to every year.  It’s a day when we celebrate what makes our nation the greatest nation in the world.  Our country has a truly unique history.  Men and women came to America seeking freedom from persecution, and our Founding Fathers sought freedom from a monarchy – they declared independence to instead govern themselves and they created the first true republic of We The People.  As a result, we are blessed beyond measure to live in a country where we enjoy freedom in its many forms – the freedom of speech, the freedom to bear arms, and the freedom of religion, just to name a few. 

“As we celebrate our freedom, we also honor the men and women who ensure that we remain the Land of the Free.  After all, freedom is not free and we are only as strong as our protectors and defenders – our troops and veterans who have put their lives on the line, many even giving their lives.  I thank all our service members and their families for their dedication and their sacrifice.

“So as we join together to celebrate our American independence, I’d like to quote the last line from our Founding Father’s Declaration of Independence:  ‘And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.’

“To the families across Collin County I am privileged to represent, it is my prayer that God may continue to bless our Great Nation.  And it is my pledge to you that I will continue to fight to uphold the values that founded America and our Constitution.  May God bless you and your families.  I salute you.”

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Sam Johnson Reintroduces Health Care Solution Empowering Small Business & Workers

2015/06/25

Washington, D.C. –  Yesterday U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced his Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 2868), a health care solution that would allow small business employers to band together through association health plans (AHPs) in order to purchase quality health care at a lower cost. 

After reintroducing the bill, Congressman Johnson released the following statement: 

“Right now hardworking Americans are struggling due to Obamacare, and it’s becoming harder for employers, especially small businesses, to provide their employees with affordable coverage.  I hear from folks all the time who have experienced sharp increases with out-of-pocket costs and premiums due to this bad law.  I also hear from small business owners who want to offer health insurance but simply can’t afford it.  Maybe you’ve experienced the same thing.  And let me tell you, I think that’s wrong.  That’s why I’m offering a solution with my Small Business Health Fairness Act – a bill to help Americans by enabling employers to provide affordable coverage to workers and their families. 

“You know, people like to accuse Republicans of not having alternative solutions for health care, but that really couldn’t be further from the truth.  There have been several plans offered over the years, and the Small Business Health Fairness Act has been a key component of almost every one of those plans.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this bill is enacted not if but when we repeal and replace Obamacare!”    

Local small business owners have lauded Johnson’s bill, including Jeff Scheumack of Plano.  Said Scheumack, “With not being able to pool small companies together to get a break on insurance policies and prices, small businesses like my own are at a competitive disadvantage in hiring employees since large employers can offer lower premiums and therefore higher take-home pay.  At present, since my insurance has gone up so much, offering an employee a 3-5% raise does not even cover the increased cost of their insurance premium, even after I pay 75% of my employee’s premiums.  I need the ability to pool together with other small businesses so that we have the bargaining power to get better policies and at lower costs.”

 

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Sam Johnson Statement on Supreme Court’s Obamacare Subsidies Ruling

2015/06/25

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) made the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court ruling, which upheld Obamacare subsides (King v. Burwell case):

“Obamacare is a TERRIBLE law, and it’s been terrible since day one for more reasons than I can count.  Today’s Supreme Court ruling was a loss for the rule of law, and to say I’m disappointed is an understatement.  We unfortunately have a Court that is shirking its responsibility to uphold the Constitution.  But you can rest assured that, regardless, I will continue to fight Obamacare until it is fully repealed.  It is the right thing to do.”  

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Sam Johnson Announces June Mobile Office Hours

2015/06/18

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, June 23rd the staff of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) will host their monthly “Mobile Office Hours” to conveniently provide Collin County constituents with federal agency assistance.  June’s Mobile Offices will be located in Frisco, Plano West, Wylie, and Princeton (times and specific locations listed below). Appointments are not necessary.  

At each Mobile Office, folks will also able to pick up nomination forms for Congressman Johnson’s annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) ceremony held in the fall. This program is designed to publicly recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of Collin County veterans.  More information about the CVC can be found HERE.

“Dealing with federal agencies can be very confusing, and a top priority of mine is ensuring my staff and I provide you with help – whether that’s helping you navigate steps or making requests on your behalf,” said Johnson.  “Maybe you need help with veteran benefits, a problem with the IRS, or emergency passport assistance for summer travel.  I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on June 23rd, 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

Frisco, 9:00am-11:00am
George A. Purefory Municipal Center
6101 Frisco Square Boulevard
Frisco, TX 75034

Plano West, 9:00am-11:00am
Christopher A. Parr Library
6200 Windhaven Parkway
Plano, TX 75078 

Wylie, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Wylie City Hall
300 County Club Road, Building 100, 1st Floor
Wylie, TX 75098

Princeton, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Princeton City Hall
123 West Princeton Drive
Princeton, TX 75407 

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Washington, DC 20515
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Fax 202-225-1485
samjohnson.house.gov

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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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Ted Poe

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John Ratcliffe

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Joe Barton

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John Culberson

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Kevin Brady

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Michael McCaul

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Michael Conaway

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Kay Granger

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Mac Thornberry

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Randy Weber

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Bill Flores

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Randy Neugebauer

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Pete Olson

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Roger Williams

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Michael Burgess

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