Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson

TEXAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Help Denied Disability Benefit Applicants

2017/07/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit Applicants Act (H.R. 3310) in order to help denied disability benefit applicants return to the workforce.  Specifically, the bill calls on the Commissioner of Social Security to provide information about employment support services to individuals who are not awarded disability benefits.

 

“We’ve seen that the longer someone’s been out of the workforce, the harder it can be to get back in it,” said Johnson.  “This can be especially true for folks who are denied disability benefits.  That is where my bill comes into play.  If the Commissioner provides information to denied applicants about employment support services, we can help folks find the resources they need to get back to work.”    

 

Disability benefits are for individuals who are unable to work due to a medical condition that is expected to last for at least a year or result in death.  When someone applies for disability benefits, they face an average wait time of over 100 days for an initial decision regarding their claim.  Generally, applicants remain out of the workforce during this time in order to prove the claim.  Many applicants who are initially denied decide to appeal their claim and subsequently spend additional time out of the workforce. 

 

The Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit Applicants Act encourages the Commissioner of Social Security to provide denied disability benefit applicants information about public and private non-profit employment support services to help these individuals reenter the workforce.

 

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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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Sam Johnson Calls for Online Tools to Help Disability Beneficiaries Return to Work

2017/07/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) introduced the Social Security Online Tools Innovation Act (H.R. 3309). This bill would require the Social Security Administration to reduce the complexity surrounding returning to work by providing an online resource to help disability beneficiaries assess how returning to work may affect their benefit payments. 

 

“We hear time and time again that one of the reasons beneficiaries don’t return to work is that the rules regarding work and benefits are really complex – these rules can even act as a disincentive,” said Johnson.  “Social Security needs to provide better information in an easy-to-access way so that individuals who can return to work have the information they need to do so.  This is a commonsense solution that brings Social Security into the 21st century.”  

 

In a 2010 beneficiary survey, over 40 percent of beneficiaries said they were interested in working.  However, in 2015 less than one half of one percent of beneficiaries left the rolls due to earnings from work.  While not all disability beneficiaries can return to work, experts believe over 10 percent could return to work if given the proper information and support. 

 

The Social Security Online Tools Innovation Act would require the Social Security Administration to create an online portal that has the ability to:

  • Expand access to online tools that are already used successfully in some states;
  • Decrease the spread of misinformation about employment and benefits; and
  • Provide information before, during, and after engagement with a government office or direct service provider.

 

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Smithsonian Regent Sam Johnson Honors 50th Anniversary of Folklife Festival

2017/06/30

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), who serves as a Regent for the world famous Smithsonian Institution, introduced H.Res. 408 in order to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival. 

 

“For the past 50 years, the Folklife Festival has coincided with the celebration of our Great Nation’s independence,” said Johnson.  “The festival brings to life our American heritage and also allows folks to see and experience aspects of other cultures around the world.   This resolution honors the Smithsonian Folklife Festival for its educational outreach and efforts to bring folks with different backgrounds together.”

 

The 2017 Folklife Festival will be celebrated Jun 29th-July 4th as well as July 6th-9th.  

 

Sabrina Motley, Smithsonian Folklife Festival Associate Director, stated, “Visitors to this year's Festival will encounter both story and spectacle. For a half-century, we have had the good fortune to work with individuals and communities to share their knowledge and skills with people from all walks of life.  I am endlessly impressed by and appreciative of the generosity of our participants who spend 10 days with us on the National Mall.”

 

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Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Give Social Security Beneficiaries More Choice

2017/06/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-03) introduced the Providing Choice for Social Security Retirees Act (H.R. 3112).  This legislation would provide Social Security Old-Age (OASI) beneficiaries an option to claim a portion of their delayed retirement credit in a one-time, partial lump sum. 

 

“As a constitutional, free market conservative, one of the fundamental values I support is choice for the consumer,” said Johnson.  “And while Social Security is an earned benefit, that doesn’t mean it has to be one-size-fits all. Folks across the nation have widely varying career choices, health situations, and financial needs.  With this in mind, choice is important when it comes to claiming Social Security benefits.  Folks already have the option to claim their earned benefits either early, on time, or later on down the road.  But today’s bill goes one step further.  It allows folks who choose to delay claiming their benefits past full retirement age the additional option to claim part of their delayed retirement credit as a lump sum in advance – whatever works best for their needs.  This is a bipartisan idea, and I look forward to seeing this commonsense bill signed into law so that all Americans have greater choice when it comes to their retirement.”         

 

“A modernized Social Security should allow seniors to make their own retirement decisions rather than pressure them to conform to a one-size-fits-all program,” said Smith.  “This new option will ensure seniors who choose to remain in the workforce have greater flexibility to determine how they access their benefits.”

 

Things to Know about the Providing Choice for Social Security Retirees Act:

  • The Providing Choice for Social Security Retirees Act creates the option for individuals who are eligible for Delayed Retirement Credits (DRCs) to receive some of the benefit increase up front in the form of a “lump sum DRC”.
    •  Those above their Full Retirement Age (FRA) may choose to receive 2 percentage points (one-quarter) of the annual 8 percent DRC as a lump sum for each year they delay claiming.  The remaining 6 percentage points are added to the monthly benefit amount, as under current law. 
    •  The lump sum would be actuarially fair, meaning that it would be equal to the present value of the expected lifetime benefit increase, and would depend on assumptions about interest rates and average life expectancy. 
  • This approach improves retirement security by providing flexibility and choice for beneficiaries. 
  • The lump sum DRC is a bipartisan idea.  Peter Orszag, a former advisor to President Clinton and President Obama, proposed the option in a 2001 paper, and it was included in Chairman Sam Johnson’s 2016 solvency plan.  

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Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Stop Punishing Seniors who Work

2017/06/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act of 2017.  This bill would eliminate a penalty on Social Security Old-Age (OASI) beneficiaries who choose to enter, remain in, or return to the labor force.  Specifically, the bill would eliminate the Retirement Earnings Test (RET) that affects younger seniors who choose to continue working after claiming Social Security benefits.   (In 2000, legislation championed by Chairman Johnson eliminated the RET for folks who are at or above their full retirement age.  This bill finishes that work by eliminating this earnings penalty for all Social Security OASI beneficiaries.)    

 

“In 2000, my bill ended the earnings penalty for seniors once they reach their full retirement age.  But that’s not enough.  Now is the time to eliminate the earnings penalty for all Social Security beneficiaries.  It makes no sense to punish hard work, but that is exactly what the earnings test does – it reduces benefits for seniors who choose to work,” said Johnson. “By eliminating the RET for all beneficiaries, Washington will send a clear message to seniors that their work is valued and that they remain a vital part of our economy.”     

 

“Older Americans who want to work should be able to do so without having their Social Security benefits reduced or delayed,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “Eliminating this unnecessary penalty on seniors in the workforce is an important, commonsense reform that will reward work and simplify Social Security for those who depend on it.”

 

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Sam Johnson Congratulates 23 Students on U.S. Service Academy Appointments

2017/05/26

 Washington, D.C. – Last weekend U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) hosted his annual Academy Appointee Send-Off Ceremony to congratulate the 23 Collin County students who received appointments to U.S. Service Academies or one of the preparatory schools this fall.    

 

“It is my honor to congratulate these young men and women who have been chosen by the prestigious United States Service Academies,” said Johnson.  “It is no easy task to receive an Academy appointment – students must excel academically and athletically over the years, and they must also contribute their time, talent, and effort to the community.  The nomination process to even be considered is competitive, and these students’ appointments prove they are the gold standard.  Seeing their commitment and love of freedom, liberty, and democracy gives me great hope that America’s best days are ahead.  I thank them for their willingness to serve our Great Nation, and I wish them the best on the endeavor they are about to undertake.”

 

Students interested in learning more about service academy applications should contact Gabriella Pate in Johnson’s Plano office at (469) 304-0382. 

 

In addition, Congressman Johnson will host a free Academy Information Session on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Frisco with all academies represented for Third District students and families.  The session, held every fall, provides students with an opportunity to learn more about each Academy and decide if military life is for them.  Third District residents must be between the ages of 17 and 23 to be eligible to apply. 

 

Academy Appointees, Class of 2020

 

U.S. Air Force Academy

Name

School

Hometown

Rodney Belcher

Plano Senior High School

Plano

Zackary Bowden*

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Yujun Chow

Liberty High School

Plano

Parker Noren

U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School

McKinney

Preston Polen

Home School

Wylie

U.S. Naval Academy

Michael Hamilton

McKinney High School

McKinney

Amy Hoang

U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School

Richardson

Jun Jeon

Liberty High School

Frisco

Alexander Kramer*

Centennial High School

Frisco

Jae Hyun Lee

Texas A&M University

Frisco

Peyton Long

U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School

Plano

Edward Xiao

Allen High School

Allen

U.S. Military Academy

Joshua Brock

McKinney Christian Academy

McKinney

Madison Bryant

Marion Military Institute

Plano

Matthew Carey

Plano East Senior High School

Plano

Camden Harrison

U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School

Allen

Nico Manzonelli

Allen High School

Allen

Trajan Marchese

Plano Senior High School

Plano

U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY

Omar Calderon

Plano East Senior High School

Murphy

Alexander Ellington

Prestonwood Christian Academy

Plano

Tristan Jackson

Plano West Senior High School

Plano

Mark Thompson *

McKinney High School

McKinney

Alexander Webre

Allen High School

Allen


*Denotes acceptance to one of the academy preparatory schools. 

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Sam Johnson Announces Badges of Honor Medals Event, June 27th

2017/05/25

PLANO, TX – To provide an opportunity for North Texas veterans to obtain the service medals they have earned, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) invites area veterans to attend the Badges of Honor Medals Event on Tuesday, June 27th.

 

Congressman Sam Johnson’s staff will be on hand to assist veterans with the paperwork needed to begin the service medal request process – whether the medal request is for a replacement or if it’s a request to obtain a medal for the first time.  This event is also open to children and spouses of veterans who seek to get the service medals of a family member.  

 

“Each faithful American veteran made a vow to put their life on the line to defend Freedom, and many of these brave men and women rightfully earned medals in recognition of their service,” said Johnson.  “Sadly, many veterans and their families have trouble obtaining replacement medals.  Worse, some veterans never received their earned medal.  While my staff and I have worked with folks on this issue on a case-by-case basis, not everyone knows that we offer this assistance.  That is why my staff and I are proud to host the Badges of Honor Medals Event.  Our community’s veterans deserve to receive their earned medals as a physical recognition for their sacrifice.  It is the least we can do to show our gratitude.”

 

Congressman Sam Johnson encourages veterans and their family members to come to the Plano District Office anytime between 10:00am and 3:30pm to start the service medal request process.

 

Veterans needing assistance are asked to bring a copy of their DD214 form.  In order to adhere to the Privacy Act of 1974, folks must also be prepared to sign a privacy release form.  

 

Due to limited space, please RSVP by emailing events.tx03@mail.house.gov or by calling (469) 304- 0382.

 

Tuesday, June 27th

10:00am to 3:30pm

Congressman Sam Johnson’s Office

1255 W 15th Street, Suite 170, Plano, Texas 75075

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Sam Johnson Statement following Successful Hernia Surgery

2017/05/25

PLANO, TX – Under doctor advisement, yesterday U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) underwent a minor surgery to address a reoccurring hernia.  After the successful surgery, Johnson released the following statement:

                                    

“I’m thankful for the expertise and care of the doctors and nurses who performed my surgery yesterday.   I look forward to a quick recovery and getting back to Washington, D.C. in June.  We have a lot of good work to accomplish over the next few months, and I’m eager to get back to it!  I thank folks for their prayers.”

 

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Sam Johnson Announces High School Student Winners of 2017 Art Competition

2017/05/19

Plano, TX – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”  Winners were announced at the Congressman’s free annual art exhibit and awards ceremony held at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

 

“The quality of talent in this year’s Congressional Art Competition is exceptional, and I thank all our student artists who participated and generously shared their original artwork with others,” said Johnson.  “I also want to thank our parents and teachers for investing in these students and providing these young minds an environment to think creatively and further develop their artistic skills.  I’m inspired not only by the artwork displayed, but by the support this community provides.  It’s what makes Collin County such a great place to live.  Again, I thank all our students for their hard work, and it is my pleasure to congratulate this year’s winners on their accomplishments!”    

 

The First Place winner of the 2017 Art Competition is Paris Poisso from Allen High School for her artwork, “Accession.”  Poisso’s artwork will soon travel to Washington, D.C. where it will be displayed in the United States Capitol building for one year along with other First Place winners’ artwork from across the nation.  At the awards ceremony, Southwest Airlines presented Poisso with two free tickets for roundtrip airfare to Washington, D.C. where she will attend the national 2017 Congressional Art Competition unveiling ceremony in June.

 

The Second Place winner is Ariana Kypuros from Heritage High School for her artwork, “Dog.”  As the second place winner, Kypuros’s work will be proudly displayed in Congressman Sam Johnson’s district office in Plano for one year.

 

The winner of the People’s Choice Award is Juliana Rangel from McKinney Boyd High School for her artwork, “Unselfish Sacrifice.”  Her patriotic artwork was selected for this award by a public, online poll.

 

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

 

Full List of 2017 Art Competition Winners:

 

Place

Student

Title of Piece

School

Hometown

Teacher/Parent

1st

Paris Poisso

Accession

Allen High School

Allen

Stephanie Richards

2nd

Ariana Kypuros

Dog

Heritage High School

McKinney

Sarah Watkins

3rd

Anukriti Singh

Brilliance

Allen High School

Allen

Laura Helms

People’s Choice

Julianna Rangel

Unselfish Sacrifice

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Mary Woodruff

Honorable Mention

David Guo

Runner’s High

Plano West High School

Plano

Sarah Depetris

Honorable Mention

Lauren Lachausse

Girl on a Lily Pad

Prosper High School

Prosper

Judy Seay

Honorable Mention

Annette Meyer

Katie

Canyon Creek Christian Academy

Plano

Anne Blackburn

Honorable Mention

Ruben Montoya

Clouded Mind

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Mary Woodruff

Honorable Mention

Michelle Park

Night Statue

Heritage High School

Frisco

Sarah Watkins

Honorable Mention

Megan Petrosky

Blue Flower

Prosper High School

Prosper

Gina Mock

Honorable Mention

Cameron Seibert

Thinking of Nature

McKinney Boyd High School

McKinney

Mary Woodruff

Honorable Mention

Pallavi Sridhar

Switzerland Mountain Landscape

Heritage High School

McKinney

Sarah Watkins

Honorable Mention

Benjamin Tung

Reaching Out

iSchool High STEM Academy

Plano

Steve Ko

Honorable Mention

Isabella Vivas

Isolation

Plano West High School

Plano

Sarah Depetris

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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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Ted Poe

TEXAS' 2nd DISTRICT

John Ratcliffe

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Jeb Hensarling

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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

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Bill Flores

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Jodey Arrington

TEXAS' 19th DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

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Pete Olson

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Will Hurd

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Kenny Marchant

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Roger Williams

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Michael Burgess

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