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Sam Johnson, Michael Burgess Statement on Frisco Postal Service


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


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


Collin County Students & Families


Saturday, September 9th, 2017


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


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



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


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  



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


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



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Sam Johnson Introduces Bill to Help Denied Disability Benefit Applicants


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


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


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


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


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


 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




Rodney Belcher

Plano Senior High School


Zackary Bowden*

McKinney Boyd High School


Yujun Chow

Liberty High School


Parker Noren

U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School


Preston Polen

Home School


U.S. Naval Academy

Michael Hamilton

McKinney High School


Amy Hoang

U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School


Jun Jeon

Liberty High School


Alexander Kramer*

Centennial High School


Jae Hyun Lee

Texas A&M University


Peyton Long

U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School


Edward Xiao

Allen High School


U.S. Military Academy

Joshua Brock

McKinney Christian Academy


Madison Bryant

Marion Military Institute


Matthew Carey

Plano East Senior High School


Camden Harrison

U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School


Nico Manzonelli

Allen High School


Trajan Marchese

Plano Senior High School



Omar Calderon

Plano East Senior High School


Alexander Ellington

Prestonwood Christian Academy


Tristan Jackson

Plano West Senior High School


Mark Thompson *

McKinney High School


Alexander Webre

Allen High School


*Denotes acceptance to one of the academy preparatory schools. 

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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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