Justice, Civil Liberties, & Government Accountability

What Hank believes:

  • The criminal justice system is ridden with injustice that penalizes minority and poor Americans.
  • Mandatory minimum sentencing is fundamentally unfair.
  • The death penalty is immoral.
  • The government should serve and protect – not harass or inconvenience – American citizens.
  • The government should not detain or spy on Americans without a warrant.
  • Congress should exercise its government oversight prerogatives to their fullest in an effort to destroy waste and corruption.
  • The federal government's reckless borrowing and spending threaten America's economic and national security, and unfairly and unethically burden future generations who will be responsible for repaying today's debts.
  • It is irresponsible and unsustainable to increase spending while cutting taxes, as the Bush Administration did.

What Hank has done:

  • Congressman Johnson's Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, which is folded into the George Floyd Justice in Polciing Act, passes the House in June 2020.
  • Voted on December 13, 2019, in favor of Articles of Impeachment against President Donald J. Trump in Judiciary Committee based on the abuse of power and the obstruction of Congress.
  • December 6, 2019, Congressman Hank Johnson voted to protect access to the ballot and pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act.
  • In 2019, Congressman Hank Johnson was named chairman of Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
  • Introduced the Effective Death Penalty Appeals Act in 2009, which would ensure that death row inmates have the opportunity to present newly discovered evidence of innocence.  
  • Cosponsored the successful Second Chance Act of 2007, which will lower crime rates in communities by increasing the care and aptitude with which the criminal justice system deals with ex-prisoners, probationers, and recidivists.
  • Cosponsored the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which passed the House. It enables the federal government to assist local law enforcement with the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.
  • Cosponsored the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which passed the House. It directed the Department of Justice to open an office for the investigation of unsolved civil rights crimes committed before 1970.
  • Cosponsored the COPS Improvement Act, which passed the House. It expands the authority of the Attorney General to make grants for public safety and community policing programs.
  • Cosponsored the Stop AIDS in Prison Act, which passed the House. It would direct the Bureau of Prisons to implement a comprehensive policy to provide HIV testing, treatment, and prevention for inmates in federal prisons and upon re-entry to the community.
  • Voted, during the first 100 Hours of this historic 110th Congress, to reestablish the PAYGO system, which requires that new spending or tax breaks not be added to the federal deficit; costs must be offset elsewhere in the budget.
  • Original cosponsor of H.J.Res.120, proposing a Constitutional amendment limiting the pardon power of the President.
  • Original cosponsor of H.Con.Res.86, condemning the racist and hate-based attacks on our college campuses and reaffirming our support for inclusion and safety in our institutions of higher learning.
  • Original cosponsor of H.R. 4140, the No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea Act. This bill prohibits the Armed Forces from engaging in hostilities in North Korea without an official declaration of war.
  • Introduced H.R.3664 on September 21, 2017, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide that the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation may only be removed for certain causes, and for other purposes. 
  • November 9, 2017, Congressman Hank Johnson, reintroduced three criminal justice reform bills in efforts to restore credence between police and the communities they serve. As well as eliminating discrimination and disparities in the justice system.
  • Congressman Johnson introduced the Cooling Off Period Elimination Act of 2017 or the COPE Act, the Police Accountability Act and the Grand Jury Reform Act.
  • Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy, is an original cosponsor of the USA PATRIOT Act Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 3845), and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 3846).
  • U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) earned a 100 percent civil rights voting record for the 112th Congress from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership to promote and protect the rights of all people in the United States. In 2018, he is still acknowledged for his efforts in maintaining civil liberties.

What Hank will do:

  • From his post on the Judiciary Committee, continue to support efforts to rid our criminal justice system of discriminatory practices.
  • Serve as a check against undue government interference in the daily lives of Americans.
  • Continue to provide federal and local law enforcement with the resources needed to fight crime effectively and humanely.
  • Work to form a bipartisan consensus which resolves that, by avoiding unnecessary wars and eliminating unfair subsidies to powerful constituencies, we can balance the budget without cutting vital social services like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Food Stamps.

More on Justice, Civil Liberties, & Government Accountability

April 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 15, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY-10), Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Hank Johnson (GA-04), and Representative Mondaire Jones (NY-17) today introduced the Judiciary Act of 2021 to expand the United States Supreme Court by adding four seats, creating a 13-justice Supreme Court.

April 14, 2021 In The News

Episode Summary

Cong. Hank Johnson of Georgia discusses his bill to end transfers of military-style equipment to law enforcement, and the new push for immediate action with an executive order. Joe Madison then continues the conversation with his listeners

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April 14, 2021 In The News

Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Georgia) said his April 7 virtual event will “help people understand how they can benefit from the various provisions of the bill by connecting constituents with resources under the plan.”

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April 14, 2021 In The News

Pointing to discrepancies in COVID-19 death counts from Georgia’s nursing homes, Sen. Raphael Warnock and Rep. Hank Johnson have asked federal investigators to examine inconsistent reports and provide the public with a true accounting of the losses.

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April 14, 2021 In The News

Rev. Al: On Friday, Major League Baseball announced it is moving this year's all-star game out of Georgia amid a new oppressive voting law that is nothing but blatant suppression. Joining me to discuss this is Georgia Congressman Hank Johnson and former Citigroup executive and now a New York City mayoral candidate, Ray Maguire.

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April 14, 2021 In The News

“It’s certainly symbolic of what he did, trying to take us back to those times on the plantation by signing that legislation,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said in an interview. “That’s representational of the Old South. The New South was represented on Nov. 3 and Jan. 5, when we elected President Biden in Georgia and when we elected two United States senators. … The New South will not be defeated.”

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April 13, 2021 Press Release

White House visitWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) met with President Joseph R.

April 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, announced he is returning as a senior whip for the 117th Congress.  

This week, U.S. House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-SC, announced that Rep. Johnson will serve as a senior whip, a role the Atlanta congressman had last year.

April 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) sent a letter to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. urging him to issue an executive order to de-militarize law enforcement agencies across the country.

Congressman Johnson, sponsor of the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (SMLEA) since 2014, said a well-executed executive order that reflects the language of his bill would be: “a reasonable step towards demilitarizing our police forces while preserving the safety of our communities.”

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Recent Votes

Date Roll Call Bill Vote
4/15/2021 116 H.R.1490 Yea
4/15/2021 115 H.R.1487 Not Voting
4/15/2021 114 H.R.1502 Yea
4/15/2021 113 H.R.1899 Yea
4/15/2021 112 H.R.1002 Yea