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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

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:

  • 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.

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 5, 2017 Press Release

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, has re-introduced with 35 of his colleagues H.R. 1907, the “Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2017.” This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to designate our voting systems as critical infrastructure.

March 22, 2017 Press Release

Following today’s markup, Congressman Hank Johnson’s bipartisan Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017 passed the full House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19-2.

March 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), has introduced H.Res. 213 to designate Oct. 17th as “National Vitiligo Awareness Day.” 

This bipartisan bill honors the courageous children and adults who while living with this condition, often overcome many different forms of harassment and their own personal issues to fight on and contribute to our society.

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.

March 17, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) has reintroduced the bipartisan Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2017 (“SMLEA”), which will restrict the transfers of certain surplus military-grade weaponry to state and local law enforcement agencies.

March 14, 2017 Press Release

DECATUR, G.A.– Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) slammed Republicans ‘Pay More For Less’ repeal bill, also known as Trumpcare, after the Congressional Budget Office, whose Republican Director was appointed by Speaker Paul Ryan, released a report detailing the devastating consequences of the Republican healthcare reform plan.

March 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has introduced the "Reaffirming DHS' Commitment to Countering All Forms of Violent Extremism Act.”

This bill is in response to the increasing number of violent hate crimes, bomb threats, and public vitriol being directed at minorities across the country.

March 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) joins his colleague Mike Bishop (MI-8) in re-introducing the bipartisan Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017.

The bicameral legislation, once again led by Senators John Thune and Sherrod Brown, simplifies state income tax requirements for employees who work multiple days per year outside the state of their residence.

March 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) convened a wide-ranging Capitol Hill coalition—attended by several Senators, Congressmen, and advocates like former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson—to highlight the importance of the rights of consumers, workers, and small businesses to seek justice through the courts.

March 2, 2017 Press Release

March 2, 2017 Comunicado de prensa

WASHINGTON, D.C.— El Representante Hank Johnson (GA-04), junto con 24 miembros demócratas del congreso, introdujo de nuevo H.R. 1299, el “Proyecto de Ley Berta Cáceres sobre los Derechos Humanos en Honduras.”