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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.
  • 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. 

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

March 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson¬ (GA-04) – ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet and author of the Arbitration Fairness Act – issued the following statement after signing on to the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) partisan decision on Net Neutrality:

March 5, 2018 Speech

Delivered January 20, 2018

Good afternoon, ladies and gentleman. … but mostly good afternoon ladies! Thank you so much to all of you for coming. What a wonderful crowd! 

With an inept and misguided Majority in control, we have had continuing dysfunction in the Congress. And we can’t even begin to describe the chaos, racism and sexism emanating from a White House that provides “shock and dismay” on a daily basis.

March 2, 2018 Editorial

As we prepare to take in the Academy Awards, which turn 90 on Sunday, a recent report from UCLA shows while we’ve made some progress with diversity in Hollywood, we have long way to go.

When the Oscar nominations came out in 2015, not a single actor nominated for any lead or supporting role was a person of color.

The #OscarsSoWhite movement that followed birthed a groundswell of opposition to media leadership structures that seemed to only place value in telling white stories.

February 23, 2018 Press Release

Congressional Management Foundation Recognizes Rep. Johnson for Outstanding Achievement

February 12, 2018 Event

DECATUR, GA – On Monday, February 12, 6 – 8 p.m., Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) is holding his second Tax Teach In Town Hall at the Lou Walker Senior Center as a part of a nationwide effort to communicate to constituents what the GOP tax law means to families, what it means for jobs and economic growth.

January 20, 2018 Press Release

DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement today after for the 1st time in modern history the party in control of House, Senate & White House shuts down government:

“Republicans hold the majorities in both the House and Senate, and they have a strongman in the White House. Just as they passed the Trump tax cut without a single Democratic vote, they have had the power to pass a government spending bill without a single Democratic vote.

January 20, 2018 Press Release

For 1st Time in Modern History, Party In Control of House, Senate & White House Shuts Down Government

DECATUR, GA – For the fifth time in 30 years, Republicans have shut down the federal government.  As the nation braces for the Trump Shutdown, Rep. Johnson (GA-04) called out Republicans for failing to allow a bipartisan solution to keep government open and meet the needs of the American people.

January 16, 2018 In The News

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) has been elected by his peers to lead the Judiciary Subcommittee – Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over administration of U.S. Courts, federal rules of evidence, civil and appellate procedure, judicial ethics, patent, copyright and trademark law, information technology and the Internet.

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January 15, 2018 Press Release

DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement after participating today in Martin Luther King, Jr. parades in Rockdale and DeKalb counties:

“King Day 2018 brings to mind how tenuous the freedoms gained from scores of years of progress can be squandered should we fail to learn the lessons of history. Today, as I attend and participate in parades throughout the district, I’m reminded that if we apply what history has taught to today’s reality, then like Dr. King we will let freedom ring.