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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

January 19, 2018 Page

During a federal government shutdown, laws will still be enforced, emergencies will be responded to, and our country will maintain its defense; however, a shutdown will significantly impact our daily lives.  

I am providing this information to help you plan accordingly.  It is the best available in a fluid situation.   Please check back for updates, and remember to contact federal agencies directly regarding specific issues.

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.

January 10, 2018 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

I hope and trust you had an enjoyable holiday season and a Happy New Year.

At the end of 2017, my friends on the other side of the aisle push through a massive overhaul of our tax code. They did it behind closed doors with little input and no public hearings.

January 9, 2018 Press Release

Congressman scores leadership post on Judiciary Subcommittee charged with administration of courts, intellectual property

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced Tuesday that he was 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.

December 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) reintroduced the “Inclusive Campuses Act of 2017” today (H.R.4699) to authorize the use of Title III funds to establish on-campus resource centers for LGBTQ students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions.

December 20, 2017 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

Today, I vehemently and adamantly voted NO on the Republican tax scam that gives 83 percent of the tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent while raising taxes on 86 million middle income families.

Make no mistake about it -- the numbers prove that this is a tax cut for the wealthy and not for the middle class. Anyone who tries to deceive the American people into thinking otherwise -- shame on you.

December 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today released the following statement on the passage of the Republican tax bill:

Rep. Johnson's floor speech can be viewed HERE.

December 19, 2017 Editorial

Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life – Oscar Wilde 1889

Given the events of Charlottesville and an administration that continues its us-versus-them mentality, what America needs now more than ever is inclusion and celebration of our great diversity.