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
Representative 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.
Representative 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.
Representative 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 that 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 ever to serve in that capacity), 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 currently a board member of the Dallas Arboretum, the West Dallas-based Voice of Hope Ministries, the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU.
After his first session in office, Representative Johnson was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. Representative Johnson has been awarded the Achievement Award from the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program, the Dallas Regional Chamber's first ever "Courage in Public Service Award" for his work in higher education, and has been named one of the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce's "Five Outstanding Young Texans."
In 2012, Representative Johnson was named to the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and joined an ACYPL delegation that visited Israel and the Palestinian Territories, meeting with current and emerging leaders in the region. In December 2012, Representative Johnson was the only member of the Texas Legislature to participate in President Obama's first ever meeting with a delegation of African American state legislators.
Service in the Texas Legislature
Representative 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 of Representatives 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.
In Representative Johnson's second full legislative session, the 83rd Legislature, he was appointed by Speaker Straus to serve on five different committees. He was given the leadership role of Vice Chairman of two: the Natural Resources Committee, which passed landmark water legislation that he joint-authored this session, and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee. He also served on the Elections Committee, the Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, and the Joint Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency.
Committee Assignments by Legislative Session:
- Criminal Jurisprudence
- Higher Education
- Interim Committee on Manufacturing
- House and Senate Joint Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency
- General Investigating and Ethics (Vice Chair)
- Natural Resources (Vice Chair)
- Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations
- House and Senate Joint Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency
82nd Texas Legislature:
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.
83rd Texas Legislature:
Representative Johnson authored three House Bills and sponsored four Senate Bills that were passed by both chambers and signed into law by the governor.
House Bill 1122 enables the Dallas Independent School District to implement a pilot program that allows some students to graduate in 3 years. Under the program, the resulting savings the school district would have spent on those students' final year of high school will be allocated to Dallas ISD's pre-k program to ensure that as many children as possible get the early start they need.
House Bill 1284 addresses the recent increase in bomb threats on college campuses by adding public and private institutions of higher education to the list of places where reporting a false bomb threat is a state jail felony. Already included on this list are public schools, public communication facilities, public transportation areas, and public gas, water, or power supply services. The bill also includes a provision that requires all institutions of higher education to notify students of the new penalty.
House Bill 2615 will increase compliance with water usage reporting requirements by raising the cap on penalties water rights holders can face for not reporting water usage information to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This will ensure that that the TCEQ will be able to make the right decisions in order to best allocate water for the people of Texas in times of drought.
Senate Bill 107 closes a loophole in the law regarding orders of nondisclosure in criminal proceedings Senate Bill 817 reforms election law relating to political parties that don't hold primaries. 
Senate Bill 553 expands the program allowing high school students to serve as voting clerks by enabling them to participate as clerks during early voting. This further expands the opportunity for young people to engage directly in the democratic process.
Senate Bill 1916 clarifies the law to ensure that Parkland Hospital in District 100 retains the rights to intellectual property developed by the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation.
In addition to these, Representative Johnson was a joint author on the landmark water legislation HB 4, which creates the funds that will enable the State Water Plan to be implemented.
- "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