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2018 Constituent Service Democracy Award Finalist

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

July 16, 2018 Press Release

Congressman Hank Johnson held a telephone town hall from his Washington, D.C. office on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. He called more than 50,000 residents in the Fourth District to hear their thoughts on a wide-range of issues such as what the Democratic Party is doing to make sure their voice is heard on Capitol Hill and the Trump Administrator’s immigration policies at our borders.

July 16, 2018 Editorial

The people of America are today observing a very disturbing state of affairs for our nation.

As President Trump tears through Europe, bullying our NATO allies while injecting himself into the internal politics of the U.K. and backstabbing its elected leader Theresa May, he ominously proceeds toward a Monday meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

While the American President makes a fool of himself abroad, Americans have cause for alarm.

July 6, 2018 In The News

Congressman Hank Johnson, who represents Georgia’s Fourth District, marched on the frontlines with thousands of peaceful protestors in Atlanta to denounce the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

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June 22, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, said Trump’s executive action “certainly boosts the stock of the private prison industrial complex.” 

“What President Trump has done is to signal to refugees across the world that your presence is not welcomed here in America,” he said. 

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June 22, 2018 In The News

Trump signals executive order to end separation of families at border

COVINGTON, Ga. — At least two of the men who represent Newton County in Congress say they want to see change in a “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that’s resulted in the separation of families at the border.

The Trump administration has come under fire for separating children from their parents who are trying to immigrate into the U.S. illegally. Lawmakers from both major parties have begun to speak out against the policy.

June 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, asked a crucial question of Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz on whether his office would look into any criminal referrals from the pending lawsuit against Donald Trump brought by the New York Attorney General. Below is a transcript and video link of the exchange:

Rep. Johnson’s Statement & Questions of DOJ IG in Judiciary Hearing: https://youtu.be/eEuaVIdl6OU   

June 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) issued the following statement to recognize Juneteenth:

“Today, we celebrate the African-American community and commemorate Juneteenth. 

“This Juneteenth marks the 153rd celebration of the ending of slavery in this nation, and since then we have made significant strides in the expansion of civil rights. We have outlawed segregation, integrated our schools and done important work to increase access to the polls. 

“Nonetheless, even 153 years later, America and her laws remain prejudiced.

June 14, 2018 In The News

Lawmakers representing Georgia on Capitol Hill had much to say following the summit held in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un. The two concluded the summit on Tuesday by signing a document reaffirming North Korea’s commitment to de-nuclearization and pledging “security guarantees” to North Korea by the US. WSB spoke with two Georgia lawmakers about their reactions from the historic summit. 

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June 13, 2018 Press Release

The Lawsuits Allege Congressional Districts Violate the Voting Rights Act

June 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) blasted Republicans and the Trump Administration as their repeal of the vital Net Neutrality protections that safeguard the free and open Internet went into effect.  This massive giveaway to big corporate interests will saddle Georgia consumers with higher costs and less choice, throttle competition and punish small businesses.