Eric Johnson (Texas politician)
|Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from the 100th district
|Preceded by||Terri Hodge|
October 10, 1975 |
|Alma mater||Harvard University (A.B. cum laude, 1998)
Princeton University (M.P.A., 2003)
University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 2003)
|Religion||Church of Christ|
|Website||State Representative Eric Johnson|
Eric Johnson (born October 10, 1975) is a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives, where he represents District 100 in Dallas, Texas. District 100 includes portions of The Cedars, Fair Park, South Dallas, West Dallas, Buckner Terrace, White Rock Hills, Westmoreland Heights, Owenwood Park, Pleasant Grove, Claremont, Ferguson Road, the Design District, the Medical District, Oak Lawn, and Exline Park.
In Dallas, Johnson is an attorney specializing in commercial litigation, public finance, commercial banking, corporate finance, and technology law.
Early Life and Education
Johnson was born on October 10, 1975 in Dallas, Texas. He attended Sudie Williams Elementary and C.F. Carr Elementary in the Dallas Independent School District. In the second grade, he was awarded a generous scholarship to attend Greenhill School, from which he graduated in 1994. Johnson went on to attend Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in History in 1998. He then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2003.
Rep. Johnson and his wife, Nakita, live in Downtown Dallas. In his free time, he enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with Nakita and their two dogs, Nina and Bailey.
Eric is an attorney. He has a broad array of legal experience ranging from public finance to commercial lending, corporate finance, commercial litigation, and technology law.
Johnson is an active volunteer with the Dallas Independent School District. He has served as a mentor at Lincoln High School in South Dallas and is a frequent speaker at career days, academic pep rallies, and assemblies throughout the Dallas Independent School District. In 2009, he launched West Dallas C.A.M.P. (Community Ambassador Mentoring Program), a partnership between C.F. Carr Elementary School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and People Empowerment Project which provides fourth grade students with one-on-one and group mentoring for success both in and out of the classroom.
In addition to his volunteer work in DISD schools, Johnson has served on the boards of several important organizations in the Dallas community. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (the first Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas alumnus to ever do so), where he formed an alumni organization for local Boys & Girls Club alumni to mentor and support current Boys & Girls Club members, as well as the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in South Dallas. He has also served on the boards of Educational Opportunities, Inc., an organization that provides scholarships to academically talented but economically disadvantaged DISD students, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, which is responsible for operating "The Bridge" (the City of Dallas' homeless assistance center), and the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Representative Johnson is also currently a board member of the Dallas Arboretum, the West Dallas-based Voice of Hope Ministries, and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce.
Service in the Texas Legislature
Johnson was sworn in as a member of the Texas House on April 20, 2010, filling the vacant seat that he won in a special election.
In the 82nd Texas Legislature, Johnson was appointed by Speaker Joe Straus of the Texas House to serve on the House Committee on Higher Education and the House Committee on Appropriations. The House Committee on Appropriations is responsible for writing the state's budget and handling other fiscal matters. The House Committee on Higher Education has jurisdiction over all issues pertaining to education beyond high school, including all colleges and universities of the State of Texas.
In his first session, Johnson passed HB 184 and HB 1106. House Bill 184 ensures that citizens are not deprived of representation in the Texas Legislature for longer than is necessary when a seat becomes vacant. House Bill 1106 requires Texas courts to inform defendants being sentenced to deferred adjudication of their right to an order of nondisclosure, as many defendants are unaware that deferred adjudication will appear on their criminal record and that an order of nondisclosure allows them to limit who may view the deferred adjudication.
In late 2012, Representative Johnson founded the bipartisan Young Texans Legislative Caucus, the first legislative group in the state focused on policy matters that affect Texans under the age of 40. The group's key issues of interest are transportation, education, water, and infrastructure.
The YTLC is open to representatives who are either under the age of 40 or represent a district that has a population under 40 which is greater than the state average of 58%. 32 State Representatives are members of the YTLC. Representative Johnson was elected as the YTLC's first Chair during their first meeting, with Representative Chris Paddie (R - Marshall) serving as the Vice Chair.
Committee Assignments by Legislative Session:
- Criminal Jurisprudence
- Interim Committee on Manufacturing
- House and Senate Joint Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency
- Higher Education
- General Investigating and Ethics (Vice Chair)
- Natural Resources (Vice Chair)
- Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations
Bills Introduced Into the House of Representatives
83rd Texas Legislature:
House Bill 463: Would make election day a state holiday.
House Bill 464: Allows voters to register at the voting location the same day as long as they show proper identification.
House Bill 465: Relates to the identification needed in order to vote.
House Bill 466: Provides voter registration cards to discharged inmates who qualify.
House Bill 467: Relates to the hours in which voting is conducted at an early voting polling place.
- "Representative Eric Johnson". Texas House of Representatives. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Bill Analysis - H.B. 184". Texas House of Representatives. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- "Bill Analysis - H.B. 1106". Texas Senate Research Center. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
- Representative Eric Johnson Official Texas House of Representatives site
|Texas State Representative from District 100