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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia


What  Hank believes:

  • We cannot achieve or maintain a high standard of living if our environment is severely degraded or damaged.
  • The window of opportunity to secure our natural environment against existential threats produced by human activity is rapidly closing.
  • Humans are in large part responsible for climate change, a potentially devastating threat to our security and health that must immediately be addressed.
  • Clean water is becoming increasingly scarce, and efforts must begin now to secure safe, clean drinking water for all Americans, today and in the future.
  • We must immediately work to reduce U.S. dependence upon and consumption of oil, a scarce resource that is approaching its "peak," or the moment after which production will continually fall.
  • If it continues to proceed so recklessly without international cooperation and coordination, unregulated human economic activity will destroy our planet's delicately-balanced ecological equilibrium

What Hank has done:

  • Awarded 100% for his environmental voting record in 2010. The 2010 Scorecard – released amidst the greatest attack on the EPA’s budget in 30 years and current Congressional assaults on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, wildlife and wild places.
  • Introduced the TIRE (Tire Investment, Recovery, and Extension) Act of 2007, which would provide tax credits for large vehicle-operating companies (like UPS, Federal Express, or DHL) to purchase tires made from recycled rubber.

Cosponsored the successful Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which will: 

  • move the United States toward greater energy independence and security;
  • increase the production of clean renewable fuels;
  • protect consumers;
  • increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles;
  • promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options;
  • and improve the energy performance of the Federal Government.
  • Voted to remove subsidies to oil and gas companies.
  • Testified before colleagues in Congress to explain the severity of Georgia's water crisis and worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state governments to help broker water-sharing agreements in the Southeast.
  • Cosponsored legislation to establish the H-Prize, which would award competitive cash prizes to advance the research, development, and commercial application of hydrogen energy technologies.
  • Cosponsored the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008, which passed the House. It extends tax credits for the production of electricity from renewable resources. 
  • Cosponsored H.R. 1664, the Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act, which requires an increase in federal taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and kerosene after 2017. The revenue from these taxes would contribute to the improvement of highways, bridges, and mass transit systems.  

  • Cosponsored H.R. 2695, the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Act, which establishes a small grants program for educational programs, research initiatives, and engagement with frontline communities. 

  • Cosponsored H.R. 558, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battle Field Park Boundary Adjustment Act, which expands the park to include 8 new acres of land, currently known as Wallis House and Harriston Hill.

  • Cosponsored H.R. 494, the Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act, to increase the maximum monument size to 205 acres.

  • Cosponsored H.R. 2696, Executive Office of Environmental Justice Act of 2017, which establishes an Office of Environmental Justice in the White House to address impacts of climate change on minority and low-income populations.

What Hank will do:

  • Never compromise my commitment to the defense of non-renewable resources, healthy ecosystems, wildlife, clean air and water, and pristine national parks.
  • Make energy independence a central cause of my service.
  • Demand stringent environmental regulation of industry by the EPA, no matter who is the president.
  • Continue to introduce legislation that aims to reduce our overall negative environmental impact, in broad strokes and bit by bit.

More on Environment

February 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced today he earned a 97 percent from The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) on their 2017 National Environmental Scorecard, which tallies the performance of every member of Congress every year on key environmental votes.

February 23, 2018 Press Release

Congressional Management Foundation Recognizes Rep. Johnson for Outstanding Achievement

February 2, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Hank Johnson held a telephone town hall from his Washington, D.C. office on Wednesday, January 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. He called 40,000 residents in the Fourth District to hear their thoughts on what they would like to see him work on in 2018. 

Mr. Johnson spoke to residents for more than an hour and 20 minutes on such topics as the immigration, taxes, President Trump, assistance with federal agencies and help for veterans -- among many other important topics. 

February 2, 2018 In The News
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) was honored on Feb. 1 by Environment Georgia for his 100 percent clean-energy voting record in 2017.

Johnson received the “Environmental Champion” award after he toured clean-energy battery maker sonnen off LaVista Road in Tucker.

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June 5, 2017 In The News

US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-4th) characterized Trump's actions as reckless and arrogant, and said he was ignoring reality.


President Trump's reckless and arrogant abandonment of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, signed by 193 of the world's 195 countries, is a historic blunder that places appeasement to fossil fuel interests over the health of our environment and its people.

June 2, 2017 Press Release

DECATUR, G.A.—U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) has released the following statement after President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, a global effort to significantly reduce the effects of climate change: 

President Trump's reckless and arrogant abandonment of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, signed by 193 of the world's 195 countries, is a historic blunder that places appeasement to fossil fuel interests over the health of our environment and its people.

March 21, 2017 E-newsletters

Dear Friends, The month of March was busy to say the least. We accomplished great work both in D.C. and through a series of events at home in the district. In D.C., among introducing bills and speaking out against “TrumpCare,” I served as a ranking member in my first T&I subcommittee hearing on the issue of the country’s national preparedness system.

Although I have hosted five town halls to date, more work is necessary to ensure that the benefits and accomplishments of the past eight years for all Americans aren’t abolished with a stroke of the pen.

February 7, 2017 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

February 1, 2017 Press Release

This month, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating Black History Month.

50 years ago, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a revealing interview to NBC News that acknowledged the soul searching and agonizing moments he’d gone through since his most famous speech in 1963. He told NBC the old optimism of the civil rights movement was a little superficial and now needed to be tempered with a solid realism.