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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 Catholic 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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Need Help with Medicare? Congressman Sam Johnson Announces Free Medicare Information Sessions on October 15th


Washington, D.C. – In an effort to prepare seniors for changes to the 2016 Medicare program, on October 15th U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host two information sessions covering Medicare Open Enrollment. These informative presentations are free and open to the public.

“Medicare serves millions of older Americans in our country, however, understanding this program and selecting the best plan in anticipation of your health care needs can be very confusing,” said Johnson.  “Many folks are unaware of how Medicare actually operates because they never received a basic overview. As part of my ongoing effort to help seniors with their health care needs, I want to ensure folks are made aware of their options prior to selecting their plan for the upcoming year.  I encourage all Collin County seniors and caregivers to attend.”

The sessions, held in conjunction with the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging (NCTAAA), will provide a complete overview of the program and will coincide with the annual Medicare and Medicare Prescription Drug Program open enrollment period, which runs between October 15th and December 7th. 

After the program presentation, benefits counselors with NCTAAA will be on hand to take questions regarding the enrollment process.  Please be aware that due to time constraints, the NCTAAA will contact interested attendees in order to set up a specific time for one-on-one counseling at a later date.


Thursday, October 15, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Allen Senior Recreation Center
451 St. Mary Drive, Allen 
Thursday, October 15, 2015
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Senior Center at Frisco Square
6670 Moore Street, Frisco 

 NCTAA Benefits Counselors will be on hand after the 2016 Medicare Overview Presentation.

For questions regarding counseling services provided by the NCTAAA, please call Mary Jane Douglas at 1-800-272-3921, ext. 7166.

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

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Sam Johnson Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  This week U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted in support of two Pro-Life bills of which he is an original co-sponsor: The Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 (H.R. 3134) and The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3505).

“As a Christian, father, and grandfather, I believe in the sanctity of LIFE,” said Johnson.  “It breaks my heart to see the vile and horrific videos that have surfaced over the last few months depicting Planned Parenthood’s selling of babies’ body parts.  I worry that many people around the world have become desensitized to the fact that ALL life is precious and sacred.  That’s why I have taken to the House Floor to denounce what is going on at Planned Parenthood.”

Johnson continued, “Defunding Planned Parenthood is actually something I have been working on for quite some time.  In fact earlier this year, before these videos were released, I called on the Appropriations Committee to stop allowing taxpayer dollars to go to this organization.”

“While these votes this week are a great step forward to protect the lives of the unborn, I also believe Washington should follow Texas’ lead by permanently defunding Planned Parenthood.   Rest assured I will continue to be a champion for LIFE.”

Johnson 2015 Pro-Life Efforts

Johnson cosponsors the following Pro-Life bills:

  • The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) would ban abortions after 20 weeks.
  • Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 217) would prohibit federal planning funding to entities which perform abortions.
  • Life at Conception Act (H.R. 816) would define life as starting at conception.
  • Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940) would prohibit retribution against healthcare providers who refuse to provide abortions.
  • Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act (H.R. 3197) would ban all federal funding to entities that perform abortions.
  • End Trafficking of the Terminated Unborn Act (H.R. 3215) would prohibit any fetal tissue research from aborted fetuses.
  • Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504) explicitly states that a baby born alive after an attempted abortion is fully protected under federal law.  It also would increase federal penalties by including federal murder charges against anyone who performs an act that results in the death of an aborted, live-born baby.
  • Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134) would stop any federal funding to Planned Parenthood for one year after enactment while Congress investigates the Planned Parenthood videos.

READ THE LETTER Johnson signed urging the Appropriations Committee to defund Planned Parenthood

WATCH JOHNSON ON THE HOUSE FLOOR speaking out against Planned Parenthood videos

*Also of note: in the 111th Congress, Johnson voted for two bills to explicitly defund Planned Parenthood (Pence Amendment to H.R. 1 and H.Con.Res. 36).


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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) voted in opposition to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran (H.R. 3461).  Johnson has been a fierce critic of the nuclear deal: he took the House Floor most recently on September 10th, 2015 (links to all remarks below).  This week Johnson also voted to prohibit President Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran (H.R. 3460).

After his “no” vote on the President’s nuclear deal with Iran, Johnson released the following statement:

“As America recognizes the 14th Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 – as well as the 3rd Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, we find ourselves at another grave hour.  President Obama is seeking approval for his nuclear deal with Iran.   Iran – the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism!    

“Make no mistake about it: this deal is beyond disgraceful…it is dangerous.  This deal will harm America’s national security as well as the safety, stability, and security of the region – and the world.  I don’t say this lightly.  I say this as one of the few Members of Congress who has actually seen combat, who fought in two wars, and who spent nearly seven years as a POW. 

“To this day, Iran chants “Death to America!”  Its regime has the blood of our service members on its hands.  Iran is our enemy.  Despite these facts, the President asks us to trust Iran.  But what has Iran done to earn our trust?  Nothing.

“The most fundamental question we must ask is: will this deal prevent a nuclear Iran?   I can tell you the answer to that question – and it is a resounding NO

“The idea that this deal will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities flies in the face of history.  Period.  This deal paves the way for Iran to get the bomb.  It gives Iran everything it wants.  It lifts sanctions on Iran to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars – money that will line the pockets of terrorists.  Meanwhile, we must ask Iran’s permission to inspect their nuclear sites…and Iran can tell us no! 

“This deal is not verifiable.  It is not enforceable.  And it is fails to hold Iran accountable.  It puts America at the mercy of the Iranian government.  Worse yet, I’m afraid this deal will start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.  Saudi Arabia has already said as much.

“This is not just a bad deal.  It is a deal of surrender – and with it, Iran will go nuclear.   The alternative to this deal isn’t war.   The alternative is to strike a better deal!  The irony is that Obama’s deal may very well bring the region closer to war.

“Rest assured that I will continue to uphold my most sacred duty – I will do everything within my power to protect the lives of Americans, bring home our hostages, and safeguard our Republic from those who seek to destroy it.  The world cannot let Iran become a nuclear power.”

Click on a link to view:
Remarks during Floor Debate on September 10th, 2015
Remarks on the House Floor July 15th, 2015
Remarks on the House Floor March 26th, 2015



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Sam Johnson Launches High School Students’ Congressional Youth Advisory Council 2015-2016 Applications


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) encourages Third Congressional District high school students to apply for the 2015-2016 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC).  The CYAC provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about hot topics and participate in round table discussions with Congressman Johnson and other distinguished local and state leaders as well as participate in community service activities.  The group meets roughly two times each school semester and is open for students enrolled in public, private, and home schools.  Completed applications must be submitted to Johnson’s Plano office by September 16th.

“Our students in the Third District are smart, savvy, and engaged, which is why it’s always so exciting to help foster and inspire our young leaders through CYAC,” said Johnson.  “Every year, the students who apply are more and more impressive, and I look forward to hearing from this school year’s newest group of CYAC student ambassadors and learning about the issues that matter the most to them and their peers.”

Johnson created the Council in 2004 to gain insight from students in his district and to inspire civic-minded young adults to achieve their full potential.  During the CYAC activities, high-caliber students explore the role citizens, lawmakers, and experts play in a vibrant democracy while starting to build a legacy of service.

Students must apply for the CYAC and may only serve on the CYAC two of four years between grades 9 – 12 to ensure as many students as possible are able to participate.  For applicants to be considered, they must submit a complete application form, a release form, a current photo for identification purposes only, a short personal essay, and two recommendation forms to Johnson’s Plano office by Wednesday, September 16th.

The Council will be comprised of high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors selected based on proven leadership skills, academic performance, extra-curricular activities, and community service. Click here to print the 2015-2016 CYAC application or call (469) 304-0382 for more information.


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Congressman Sam Johnson to Host Fight Fraud Seminar


Washington, D.C. – On Monday, September 21st, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host a “Fight Fraud Seminar” to help folks protect themselves against identity theft. Congressman Johnson, along with representatives from the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Texas Attorney General, will conduct this informative seminar, which is free and open to the public.

“Having your identity stolen can be devastating, and many folks who have fallen prey to identity thieves can find themselves fighting to restore their financial lives for years on end,” said Johnson. “What’s worse is that in this day and age the number of identity theft victims in this country is growing.  That is why I strongly encourage folks to educate themselves on what they can do to reduce their chances of becoming a victim.”

The Fight Fraud Seminar will serve as an opportunity to educate individuals on the ways to prevent and combat fraud and will include hot topics such as types of scams, fraud trends, and identity theft prevention.

For more information on this seminar, please call Congressman Johnson’s Plano office at 469-304-0382.



WHEN: Monday, September 21st from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

WHAT: Fight Fraud Seminar

WHERE: Plano Senior Recreation Center
Multipurpose Room
401 W. 16th Street
Plano, TX 75075        

WHO:   U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson*
Federal Trade Commission
Texas Attorney General Office of Consumer Protection

*Subject to votes on Capitol Hill.


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Sam Johnson Announces Free Annual U.S. Academy Information Session


PLANO, TX – On Saturday, September 12th, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) invites Collin County students and their families to attend the annual U.S. Service Academy Information Forum to learn more about the selection process and application requirements to attend our nations’ service academies.  

This is a FREE information session open to all, and no appointment or reservation is required. 

Students interested in seeking a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO), the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY), the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY) are strongly encouraged to attend. 

“Serving our Great Nation was one of the greatest callings of my life, and it’s inspiring to see America’s next generation of leaders seeking to do their part to serve the greatest country in the world that we are blessed to call home,” said Johnson, a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW. “It is my honor and my privilege to help these young men and women help answer their own call to duty, and I hope this information session will help them and their families prepare for their service.”

If selected to attend, academy cadets receive free tuition, room, and board, as well as a monthly stipend.  Upon graduation, they are commissioned as officers in their branch of service where they must complete a multi-year obligation.  Students submitting an application must do so by November 12th.  For more information on the forum or to request an academy application packet, please visit Congressman Johnson’s
website or contact Lori McMahon at (469) 304-0382.  


WHO: Collin County Students and Families

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Collin College
Preston Ridge Campus, Conference Center
9700 Wade Blvd. 
Frisco, TX 75035

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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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