Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson Announces 20 Local Veterans to be Honored at FINAL Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) Ceremony

2017/10/12

PLANO, TX – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the twenty Collin County veterans to be honored at his annual Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) Ceremony on October 28th at Collin College.   The honorees were nominated by local Collin County constituents for their outstanding wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement. 

“It is my high honor to congratulate this year’s twenty veteran honorees,” said Johnson. “Collin County folks nominated a competitive group of veterans this year, and the independent CVC selection board had their work cut out for them.  The twenty CVC Honorees being recognized at this final ceremony are a remarkable and inspiring group of local heroes.  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 and the betterment of North Texas.  I look forward to paying tribute to them later this month, 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.”

The keynote speaker for the final CVC will be announced as the event approaches.

Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony Information:

 WHERE:

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

WHEN:           
Saturday, October 28th
10:00 am

 

2017 CVC Honorees

Name

City

Branch

Years

Rank

John Antal

Allen

Army

1977-2003

Colonel

Tracy Baker

Allen

Army

1955-1978

Major

Clifton Bradford

Plano

Army

1969-2005

Master Sergeant

David Bristol

Prosper

Air Force

1987-2007

Major

Eugene Fox

Plano

Army

1956-1989

Major General

Tyler Gately

Richardson

Army

2004-2009

Specialist

Howard Gilcrease

Plano

Navy

1936-1957

CW01

Richard (Rick) Grady

Plano

Army

1969-1975

Sergeant

John Keating

Frisco

Army

1982-1995

Sergeant

Colin Kimball

McKinney

Air Force

1976

Sergeant

Carol MacGibbon

Plano

Army

1980-1985

Captain

Jerry Madden

Richardson

Army

1965-1971

Captain

William Mills

Fairview

Army

1932-1982

Lieutenant Colonel

Jason Morgan

McKinney

Air Force

1996-1999

Staff Sergeant

Paul Putnam

Dallas

Air Force

1989-1998

Captain

Phillip Raign

Plano

Air Force

1958-1979

Lieutenant Colonel

Paul Reed

McKinney

Army

1966-1969

Sergeant

David Schafer

Richardson

Air Force

1968-1988

Lieutenant Colonel

Robert (Bob) Staib

Plano

Air Force

1962-1967

Captain

John Wroten

Fairview

Marines

1965-1969

Captain

 

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Sam Johnson, John Larson Hold Social Security Member Roundtable on Equifax Breach

2017/10/03

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the recently revealed Equifax data breach, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Ranking Member John Larson (CT-01) held a bipartisan Member roundtable with senior Social Security Administration (SSA) officials. The roundtable focused on the agency’s cybersecurity response to the Equifax breach, anticipated risks as a result of the breach, and what the SSA is doing to mitigate those risks for both the agency and the public. 

 

After the conclusion of the roundtable, Johnson and Larson released the following statement:

 

“Millions of Americans’ identities were put at risk due to Equifax’s neglect.  The fact that several government agencies – including the Social Security Administration – contract with Equifax for identity verification services compounds the seriousness of this breach.  Americans expect government agencies to safeguard their personal information.  We are encouraged by the SSA’s actions to protect the public and its own systems, and we will continue to keep a close eye on this issue as more information becomes available.”   

 

Background on Equifax Breach

 

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three primary credit reporting agencies in the U.S., revealed that it learned about a data breach on July 29, which resulted in the theft of sensitive information of at least 145 million American consumers.

 

The breach exposed the names, dates of birth, addresses, Social Security numbers (SSNs), and in some instances, driver’s license numbers of those affected.  In addition, credit card numbers of approximately 209,000 American consumers, and credit record dispute documents containing personally identifiable information for approximately 182,000 American consumers, were accessed. 

 

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Sam Johnson: High School CYAC Kicks Off Final Year

2017/10/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson’s (TX-03) final Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) kicked off its first meeting of the school year with a session centered on law enforcement and the team effort between local, state, and federal partners.  Guest speakers included District Attorney Greg Willis and Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner, who discussed their roles in keeping North Texas safe.  Students concluded the day with a tour of the Collin County Jail.

 

“The students in this final CYAC class are a great group of young leaders, and they started off the school year strong with a session on the importance of teamwork,” said Johnson.  “Whether it’s a class project, local law enforcement, or keeping our nation secure, it’s important to understand and appreciate the roles different people play in the success of their mission.  I thank our guest speakers, DA Willis and Sheriff Skinner, for discussing their roles in keeping our community safe.  Collin County is lucky to have them.  And I look forward to the year ahead with this CYAC class – we’ve got some exciting things lined up and I know these students will do an outstanding job!”     

 

Congressional Youth Advisory Council Class, 2017-2018:

 

Name

High School

Grade

Hometown

Tealia Abrahamson

Independence High School

12

Frisco

Hunter Akridge

Plano East Senior High School

11

Plano

Connor Bascom

Plano East Senior High School

12

Plano

Angelina Braese

McKinney High School

10

McKinney

Mia Branch

McKinney North High School

9

McKinney

Colin Bridges

Plano West Senior High School

12

Plano

Logan Brown

Allen High School

12

Allen

Zachary Byron

Plano West Senior High School

12

Plano

Kinsey Carlson

Plano East Senior High School

11

Murphy

Dhruv Chawla

Plano West Senior High School

11

Plano

Ryan Conti

Plano West Senior High School

11

Plano

Jason D'Souza

Plano East Senior High School

11

Plano

Caleb Doyle

McKinney Christian Academy

11

Allen

Allie Dyer

Plano East Senior High School

11

Plano

Alexandra Fowler

McKinney Boyd High School

11

McKinney

Keyth Fox-Kirkland

Plano East Senior High School

12

Plano

Elijah Gerhard

Prince of Peace Christian School

9

Plano

Rebecca Gu

Plano West Senior High School

12

Plano

William Harrell

McKinney Christian Academy

12

McKinney

Luke Holthaus

McKinney Boyd High School

9

McKinney

Parker Jones

McKinney Boyd High School

11

McKinney

Robert Jones

Plano East Senior High School

11

Murphy

Olivia Kopang

McKinney Boyd High School

9

McKinney

Graham Kraft

McKinney Christian Academy

11

McKinney

Rani Kumar

Plano West Senior High School

11

Plano

Annie Lu

Plano Senior High School

11

Plano

Cayli Lucia

Ursuline Academy of Dallas

11

Richardson

Jaibin Matthew

Jesuit College Preparatory

11

Plano

Charles McCullough

Allen High School

11

Allen

Jasmine Mellor

Independence High School

12

Frisco

Jacqueline Mojazza

Plano West Senior High School

12

Plano

Matthew Moncrief

John Paul II High School

11

Plano

Jalen Morgan

Plano West Senior High School

11

Frisco

Marlaina Morgan

Blue Ridge High School

12

Blue Ridge

Namya Mysore

Shepton High School

10

Plano

Nafisa Nazeer

Plano West Senior High School

11

Plano

Jeffrey Nebeker

Liberty High School

12

Plano

Laura Nicolescu

Centennial High School

12

Frisco

Sarah O'Brien

McKinney Boyd High School

11

McKinney

Dora Pang

Allen High School

11

Allen

Samantha Paxson

McKinney Boyd High School

10

McKinney

Abhilash Potluri

Plano Senior High School

12

Plano

Julianna Rangel

McKinney Boyd High School

10

McKinney

Drew Reynolds

McKinney Boyd High School

10

McKinney

Ishan Shah

Plano West Senior High School

11

Plano

Avery Smith

McKinney High School

11

McKinney

Meghan Spencer

Lovejoy High School

9

Fairview

Aidan Stevens

Prosper High School

10

Prosper

Sam Thomason

McKinney Boyd High School

12

McKinney

Brian Urquidez

Centennial High School

10

Frisco

Shriya Veluri

Independence High School

10

Frisco

Connor Vice

Plano West Senior High School

11

Plano

 

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Sam Johnson Invites Student Participation in 3rd Annual Congressional App Challenge

2017/09/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) invites all K-12 students in the 3rd District of Texas to participate in the third Congressional App Challenge (CAC).

 

“Collin County schools do a great job teaching our students the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in an increasingly tech-centric world,” said Johnson.  “To help foster students creativity and interest in the STEM field, I’m excited to again host the Congressional App Challenge.  I look forward to seeing what apps our students come up with and welcoming this year’s winner(s) to the Nation’s Capitol!” 

 

Officially launched in 2015, the Congressional App Challenge is a nationwide event focused on fostering students’ creativity and encouraging their participation in STEM fields. This competition allows students to compete with peers in their own district by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

 

Submissions for the challenge are currently being accepted through November 1, 2017. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. In fact, students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and learn how to create their own apps. Students may work alone or in teams up to five people.

 

The apps will be evaluated by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The winning app will be eligible to be featured on a display on the U.S. House of Representatives website (www.house.gov) and in the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

 

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

 

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Sam Johnson on Tax Reform Blueprint

2017/09/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Tax Reform Blueprint released today, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, made the following statement:

 

America’s current tax code is complicated and broken, and right now we have an opportunity to fundamentally reform it for the 21st Century.   Not only does Washington have a much-needed chance to make the code simpler – which I strongly believe is necessary, but it’s an opportunity to enable businesses so they are better able to compete in the global economy.  Even more important, tax reform should reward hardworking American families.   This blueprint is a first step. We must get tax reform right, and I look forward to working with my fellow Ways and Means colleagues on behalf of America’s taxpayers.     


To learn more, visit fairandsimple.gov.

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September 27th: Sam Johnson Staff Offer Federal Agency Assistance

2017/09/26

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday September 27th, 2017 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.  September’s Mobile Offices will be located in Murphy, Princeton, Allen, and Richardson (times and specific locations listed below). Appointments are not necessary.

“Navigating how to get help with federal agencies can be frustrating, which is why my staff and I offer assistance for Third District constituents every day,” said Johnson.  “Even so, sometimes it’s easier for folks to meet staff at Monthly Mobile Office Hours.  Folks can come out to one of these locations and ask my staff questions or get help with various issues in person – from veterans’ assistance, to passports, to Medicare. We are also happy to make requests on your behalf to federal agencies.  I encourage people to visit the nearest Mobile Office location on September 27th, 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;
  • U.S. Postal Service;
  • Veterans Affairs (VA);
  • Military record requests;
  • U.S. service medal and replacement medal requests;
  • Social Security; and
  • Internal Revenue Service.

In addition, Johnson’s staff can also:

  • Provide information regarding trips to Washington, D.C.;
  • Offer application guidance to a U.S. Service Academy;
  • Assist with Congressional App Challenge 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

9:00am – 10:30am:

Murphy
Murphy City Hall
206 North Murphy Road
Murphy, Texas 75094

Princeton
Princeton City Hall
123 West Princeton Drive
Princeton, Texas 75407

 2:00 – 3:30pm:

 Allen
Allen City Hall
305 Century Parkway
Allen, Texas 75013

Richardson
Richardson Civic Center
411 West Arapaho Road, Suite 102
Richardson, Texas 75083

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Sam Johnson, Michael Burgess Statement on Frisco Postal Service

2017/09/06

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Michael C. Burgess (TX-26) released the following statement on concerns about constituent services at the Frisco Post Office.

“One of the most basic constitutionally-mandated responsibilities of the federal government is to deliver the mail, in rain or shine.  The United States Postal Service has a rich legacy of customer service, and any exception is simply unacceptable.  We have heard concerns from a number of Frisco residents about incidents at the Frisco Post Office that failed to meet expectations. Our constituents rightfully expect prompt and satisfactory mail delivery.  To that end, we will continue to work with the USPS and our federal partners to ensure this problem is resolved.”

 

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DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 7TH: Rep. Sam Johnson’s FINAL Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC)

2017/08/17

PLANO, TX –U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will continue to accept applications for the 14th – and FINAL – annual Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC) through September 7th at 5:00 pm.      

“Because Collin County has many outstanding students and the application process for CYAC can be competitive, I encourage students to thoughtfully prepare their applications as the deadline fast approaches.  Any student interested in learning about our government through first-hand civic participation should consider this opportunity.  Because this will be the program’s final year, we have some exciting things already on the books.  I look forward to meeting the 2017-2018 CYAC class soon!”    

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.

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 Announces Free Annual U.S. Academy Information Forum

2017/08/17

PLANO, TX – On Saturday, September 9th, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) invites Collin County students of all ages and their families to attend his annual U.S. Service Academy Information Forum.   Nomination and evaluation procedures will be explained and representatives from the Military, Naval, Air Force, and Merchant Marine Academies will be present.  Afterwards, there will be a break out session for students and parents to meet Liaison Officers and learn more about Academy life. 

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 in the military was one of the highest 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 assist these young men and women in answering 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 Monday, November 13th.  

For more information on the forum or to request an academy application packet, please visit Congressman Johnson’s website or contact Gabriella Pate at (469) 304-0382. 

2017 U.S. Service Academy Information Forum

WHO:

Collin County Students & Families

DAY:

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

TIME:

9:15 am: Student Check-in
9:30 am: Program begins

LOCATION:

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

 

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DEADLINE JULY 27TH: Final Year to Nominate Local Veterans for Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony

2017/07/20

PLANO, TX – With only a few days left to nominate local veterans for the final Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) Award, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) encourages folks to consider their family, friends, neighbors, and work colleagues for this prestigious honor.  Johnson established the annual CVC to publically recognize the wartime sacrifices and peacetime community involvement of Collin County’s military veterans.  It is a nominations-based award – anyone may nominate a veteran, and they may nominate as many veterans as they would like. 

 

The deadline to nominate veterans ends Thursday, July 27th at 5:00 pm central.

 

Due to the fact this is Rep. Johnson’s last term in office, this will also be the final year to nominate someone for a Congressional Veteran Commendation.

 

“North Texas is home to many men and women who have donned the uniform in defense of Freedom,” said Johnson.  “What’s more, many of these patriots continue to serve their community in a variety of ways after they retire from active duty.  To honor these exceptional hometown heroes, it is my distinct honor and privilege to provide an opportunity for our community to thank these veterans for their service and sacrifice.  That is where my Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) ceremony comes into play.  This annual, nominations-based program is designed to not only honor these exceptional veterans, but to inspire others to build a legacy of service.  I look forward to learning more about this year’s nominees and having a large community turnout later this year to honor our local heroes.”

 

For additional information about this program and to download a nomination form, please CLICK HERE.  If you have any questions, please contact Megan Foreman at megan.foreman@mail.house.gov.

 

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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

Jodey Arrington

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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TEXAS' 36th DISTRICT

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