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Henry 'Hank' C. Johnson, Jr.
Birthdate: Oct. 2, 1954
Birth Place: Washington, DC, United States
Residence: Lithonia, GA
First Elected: 2006
District: District 4
Undergraduate: Clark Atlanta University
Graduate: Texas Southern University
Hank Johnson was born in Washington, D.C., and resides in Lithonia, Ga. He earned a bachelor's degree at Clark College, now Clark Atlanta University, and a law degree at Texas Southern University.
Johnson served as a DeKalb County magistrate judge and he practiced civil and criminal law in DeKalb for 27 years.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2006.
Johnson and his wife, Mereda, have two children.
Hank Johnson is a quiet, former county commissioner and has emerged as one of Georgia's most liberal representatives since being elected to Congress in 2006. His defeat that year of controversial congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was widely seen as a vote against McKinney, but Johnson has since managed to distinguish himself as a supporter of President Barack Obama's administration.
In his 2012 re-election bid, he was endorsed by Obama, who called Johnson "a tireless champion for all of metro Atlanta middle-class families, especially the many struggling to get by." He faces Republican J. Chris Vaughn in the November general election.
Johnson voted in favor of the 2009 approximately $800 billion economic stimulus package backed by Obama. He also voted to reform regulation of the financial system and provide consumer protections to individuals and families.
Johnson introduced in April 2009 the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Fairness and Simplification Act, which would prevent Americans who work in multiple jurisdictions from being taxed by state and local governments other than in the places in which they live or perform duties over an extended period.
Johnson was instrumental in the contentious battle over the 2010 health care reform bill. As he fought to pass the legislation, he was battling hepatitis C. Johnson revealed his illness shortly before announcing his 2010 re-election bid.
He promised during his 2006 election campaign a more centrist, conciliatory approach in Congress, and he hammered McKinney's behavior as an embarrassing distraction to the district's constituents.
Johnson is not nearly as outspoken as McKinney, but he is considered one of Georgia's most liberal congressmen alongside Rep. John Lewis. Johnson strongly criticized President George W. Bush's administration and in 2007 signed a petition calling for the impeachment of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
A video of Johnson surfaced in March 2010 during a House Armed Services Committee meeting and became an Internet sensation. Johnson is seen in the clip making remarks about the possibility of the island of Guam capsizing because of overpopulation. He later tried to dismiss the comments as a badly worded metaphor.
Source: Associated Press
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