Congressman Sam Johnson honored on POW – MIA Recognition Day

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State Rep. Pete Olson: “My hero Sam Johnson spent 7 yrs as a POW in Hanoi. We honor all POWs & all Missing In Action.” #NeverForget #POWMIARecognitionDay

Congressman Sam Johnson was recognized by Houston Texas State Rep. Pete Olson on Prison of War – Missing in Action Day.

Congressman Johnson,
Thanks for all you have done for Collin County and Texas and for your service.
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Congressman Sam Johnson wins Collin County vote in four-man Republican Primary race

Congressman Sam Johnson won the Collin County vote in the 2016 Texas Republican Primary with 74.62 percent.

The Congressman received 65,288 votes on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

In the Democrat Primary, Adam Bell drew 14,223 votes to win locally with 60.36 percent in District 3.

See who came in second … CLICK HERE FOR COLLIN COUNTY VOTING TOTALS

 

Congressman Sam Johnson on Justice Scalia’s passing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) stated: “Justice Scalia faithfully served our Great Nation in the High Court, and he courageously defended America’s Constitution as our Founding Fathers intended. His passing is a great loss not only for the Supreme Court, but for all Americans.  I pray that God comforts Justice Scalia’s family during this difficult time.  I also pray for our country and the man or woman who eventually succeeds him. Justice Scalia’s successor has big shoes to fill, and America wants, needs, and deserves the kind of Constitutional leadership Scalia provided.”

Did you know? Young Antonin was an exceptional student, graduating as valedictorian from Xavier High School in Lower Manhattan, first in his class at Georgetown and magna cum laude at Harvard Law School, according to The New York Times.

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Congressman Sam Johnson earns Lifetime American Patriot Award

Lifetime American Patriot Award
Lifetime American Patriot Award

Congressman Sam Johnson: “Today the Texas Delegation surprised me with the Lifetime American Patriot Award. I humbly thank my colleagues for this high honor. It is a privilege to have served our Great Nation in the Air Force for 29 years, nearly seven years in the Hanoi Hilton POW camp, and now in the People’s Congress. Rest assured that I will continue the good fight of serving as the strong, Constitutional, conservative voice for the Third District! God bless you all and I salute you!”

Congressman Sam Johnson hosting ‘Fight Fraud Seminar’ on Sept. 21 in Plano at Senior Recreation Center

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, Sept. 21, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) will host a “Fight Fraud Seminar.” Protect yourself against identity theft. Congressman Johnson, along with representatives from the Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the Texas Attorney General, will conduct this informative seminar, which is free and open to the public.

Johnson said: “Having your identity stolen can be devastating, and many folks who have fallen prey to identity thieves can find themselves fighting to restore their financial lives for years on end.

“What’s worse is that in this day and age the number of identity theft victims in this country is growing. That is why I strongly encourage folks to educate themselves on what they can do to reduce their chances of becoming a victim.”

The Fight Fraud Seminar will serve as an opportunity to educate individuals on the ways to prevent and combat fraud and will include hot topics such as types of scams, fraud trends, and identity theft prevention.

For more information on this seminar, please call Congressman Johnson’s Plano office at 469-304-0382.

FREE FIGHT FRAUD SEMINAR

WHEN: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21

WHERE: Plano Senior Recreation Center

401 W. 16th Street

WHO: U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson*

Federal Trade Commission

Texas Attorney General Office of Consumer Protection

*Subject to votes on Capitol Hill.

Multipurpose Room

Plano, TX 75075

Congressman Sam Johnson on freedom, independence

Sam Johnson
Air Force Pilot Sam Johnson

U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) was a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW for nearly seven years:

By Congressman Sam Johnson

“America’s Independence Day is a day I look forward to every year.  It’s a day when we celebrate what makes our nation the greatest nation in the world.  Our country has a truly unique history.  Men and women came to America seeking freedom from persecution, and our Founding Fathers sought freedom from a monarchy – they declared independence to instead govern themselves and they created the first true republic of We The People.  As a result, we are blessed beyond measure to live in a country where we enjoy freedom in its many forms – the freedom of speech, the freedom to bear arms, and the freedom of religion, just to name a few.

“As we celebrate our freedom, we also honor the men and women who ensure that we remain the Land of the Free.  After all, freedom is not free and we are only as strong as our protectors and defenders – our troops and veterans who have put their lives on the line, many even giving their lives.  I thank all our service members and their families for their dedication and their sacrifice.

“So as we join together to celebrate our American independence, I’d like to quote the last line from our Founding Father’s Declaration of Independence:  ‘And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.’

“To the families across Collin County I am privileged to represent, it is my prayer that God may continue to bless our Great Nation.  And it is my pledge to you that I will continue to fight to uphold the values that founded America and our Constitution.  May God bless you and your families.  I salute you.”

Congressman Sam Johnson wants workers to pay less for health insurance, with Small Business Health Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) reintroduced his Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 2868), a health care solution that would allow small business employers to band together through association health plans (AHPs) in order to purchase quality health care at a lower cost.

Republican Congressman Johnson stated:

“Right now hardworking Americans are struggling due to Obamacare, and it’s becoming harder for employers, especially small businesses, to provide their employees with affordable coverage. I hear from folks all the time who have experienced sharp increases with out-of-pocket costs and premiums due to this bad law. I also hear from small business owners who want to offer health insurance but simply can’t afford it. Maybe you’ve experienced the same thing. And let me tell you, I think that’s wrong. That’s why I’m offering a solution with my Small Business Health Fairness Act – a bill to help Americans by enabling employers to provide affordable coverage to workers and their families.

“You know, people like to accuse Republicans of not having alternative solutions for health care, but that really couldn’t be further from the truth. There have been several plans offered over the years, and the Small Business Health Fairness Act has been a key component of almost every one of those plans. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this bill is enacted not if but when we repeal and replace Obamacare!”

Local small business owners have lauded Johnson’s bill, including Jeff Scheumack of Plano.

Scheumack said: “With not being able to pool small companies together to get a break on insurance policies and prices, small businesses like my own are at a competitive disadvantage in hiring employees since large employers can offer lower premiums and therefore higher take-home pay. At present, since my insurance has gone up so much, offering an employee a 3-5 percent raise does not even cover the increased cost of their insurance premium, even after I pay 75 percent of my employee’s premiums. I need the ability to pool together with other small businesses so that we have the bargaining power to get better policies and at lower costs.”

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Behind the scenes – What can Congressman Sam Johnson’s staff assist you with in Texas and Washington D.C.?

Gabriella Pate directs the Friends of Sam Johnson.
Gabriella Pate, director, Friends of Congressman Sam Johnson.

By Brian Bearden

ALLEN, TEXAS – A full house gathered around the lunch table in Mimi’s Cafe on Wednesday to hear about what their local representative was doing in Washington, D.C.

While many in Congress race to get in front of TV cameras, Congressman Sam Johnson has his staff focus on what’s important to the people back home around the Plano office. Gabriella Pate of the Friends of Sam Johnson told the Collin County Lincoln Society what services were available from the Congressman’s office.

Pate made several suggestions if you want to get your message to your Congressional representative:

* Before your appointment with the Congressman, reach a consensus on your targeted issue

* Carefully research your issue

* Keep your group small (3-4) and designate a spokesperson

* Present your position in writing to the Congressman’s staff as a reminder of your stand on your issue so that the representative knows your key points

* Follow-up by setting a legislative liaison with your group and the staff member handling your issue. This will help you work directly with the Congressman’s office

Congressman Sam Johnson
Congressman Sam Johnson

Sam Johnson serves the Third District of Texas, which covers much of Collin County including all or part of the cities of Allen, Anna, Blue Ridge, Dallas (Collin County), Fairview, Frisco, Lavon, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, McKinney, Melissa, Murphy, New Hope, Parker, Plano, Princeton, Prosper, Richardson, St. Paul, Wylie, and portions of unincorporated land in Collin County. The Plano office is situated in Suite 170 at 1255 West 15th Street.

Pate, a Texas Tech grad with roots in Albuquerque, N.M., she earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English and Political Science. While in college, Pate interned in the Washington, D.C. office of Congresswoman Heather Wilson who represented New Mexico’s 1st District from 1998-2009. Pate also worked in the office of the Lubbock, Texas, mayor while at Texas Tech.

After pursuing graduate studies at SMU, Pate began her career working in the District Office of Sam Johnson as a staff assistant. She became Constituent Services Coordinator for the office, where she assisted in managing Federal casework and community outreach for the office before being promoted again to her current leadership position with the Friends of Sam Johnson.

Pate said Congressman Johnson and staff can help with:

Veterans Affairs (VA)
Medicare
Social Security
IRS
Visas
Home Foreclosure
Overseas adoptions

Going to Washington D.C., and want a tour? Ask the Congressman’s office for tickets. https://samjohnson.house.gov/webforms/tourrequest/

Tour tickets from the Congressman are all free and are distributed while available on a first come, first served basis. For White House tours, the number of tickets requested can not be increased once the request for tickets is made due to White House tour policy. All requests for White House tours must be submitted no less than four weeks out from the desired tour date. Tours are also available to Mount Vernon, the Library of Congress and the Capitol.

Johnson’s office in Washington D.C., is at 2304 Rayburn HOB. 202-225-4201. The Legislative office or “shop” as the staff calls it handles correspondence with voters back in Collin County, plus “flag requests.”

Pate said Congressman Johnson has much of his time focused on tax reform.

Did you know? “Top Gun” Sam Johnson was elected to represent District 66 in the Texas State House of Representatives in 1984.

Quick links for Constituent Services

Help With A Federal Agency
Congressional Youth Advisory Council
Congressional Art Contest
Service Academy Nominations
Internships
Info for Students
Passport Assistance Center
If you need help with a passport, please visit my passport assistance section.
Legislation Sponsored by Congressman Johnson
Click here to see all of the bills that Congressman Johnson has sponsored in the 112th Congress.
Tour Requests and Visitor’s Guide
Flag Requests
Request a flag flown over the Capitol
Federal Job Postings
Help with Federal Grants
Obtaining a Federal Document
Greeting Request Form
Request a greeting from Sam on a major birthday, anniversary, or accomplishment.
Presidential Greetings
Federal Government Links

March schedule change: The Collin County Lincoln Society meets next on the third Wednesday of March after Spring Break at Mimi’s Cafe on McDermott in Allen, Texas. … Regular meetings will return to the Second Wednesday of the month in April 2015.

Notable: Congressman Allen West will be in Richardson at the Canyon Creek Baptist at 7 p.m. Thursday at 2800 Custer Parkway. …

The Lincoln Day Dinner will be Feb. 21 at Plano Centre.
The Lincoln Day Dinner will be Feb. 21 at Plano Centre.

The Lincoln Day Dinner and Silent Auction will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Plano Centre, 1800 Spring Creek Parkway. Dinner: 7:15 p.m. Speakers for the Lincoln Day Dinner will be Congressman Will Hurd, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Vice Chair Amy Clark.

 

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The Unbroken Congressman – Sam Johnson

The Unbroken Congressman

Sam Johnson after downing a North Korean MiG and before joining the Air Force Thunderbirds as a solo pilot.
Sam Johnson after downing a North Korean MiG and before joining the Air Force Thunderbirds as a solo pilot.

By Alvin Townley

Throughout American military history, few prisoners of war have proven worse than Sam Johnson.

His shootdown over North Vietnam and subsequent capture began a seven-year run of behavior so cantankerous, uncooperative, and subversive that his North Vietnamese captors actually evicted him from the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” Still, Sam continued making trouble for his adversaries until the POWs finally returned home in 1973.

And where would such a trouble-maker ultimately find his niche? The United States Congress.

As former lead solo pilot for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Sam could argue his place among the world’s finest pilots; he’d downed two MiGs in Korea to prove it. While a teenager, he’d worked long summer days stringing telephone wire across blistering plains; he’d shot out streetlights with a gang in Dallas. He would need that attitude and mettle to survive his seven-year sentence in Vietnam.

In 1966, Sam ejected from his stricken F-4 Phantom and parachuted in a North Vietnamese field with his shoulders broken and arms useless; they would never fully heal. He received virtually no care and certainly no mercy after he arrived in Hanoi and began a regimen of brutal physical and emotional torture that would not relent for more than four years – four years during which Sam knew his family remained unaware of his survival.

His sturdy six-foot frame withered to a shadow on his paltry diet of soup. His once-proud gait became a painful shuffle – especially after he endured seventy-five straight days immobilized in leg stocks. A draconian interrogator called Pigeye would twist Sam’s body with ropes, straps, and bars, forcing him to sign false confessions. Yet he never surrendered anything without a fight; he always faced Pigeye with defiance. He was determined to return home with honor.

More than 400 other Americans would eventually join him North Vietnam’s prisons and a group of eleven die-hards emerged to lead the American resistance; Sam was among them. They would lead their fellow POWs through eight long years of torture and uncertainty, of determination and faith. In writing Defiant, I would spend three years coming to know these eleven men; never has America had such a band of brothers. Never have such heroes gone so unrecognized.

After more than two years inside the Hanoi Hilton, these troublemakers – Vietnam’s own Dirty Dozen – had proven so subversive that the their jailers exiled them to a miserable dungeon called Alcatraz. There, they would spend two years (nearly 24 hours per day) in solitary 4’ x 9’ concrete tombs, locked in irons, being tortured with ropes, incessant propaganda, and sleep deprivation. They were known as the Alcatraz 11. Among them were future U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton and Medal of Honor recipient Jim Stockdale. Yet it was Sam who proved so inflammatory that he became the last POW released from solitary confinement, perhaps the cruelest torture of all.

Finally, in 1973, Sam Johnson came home to his family in Texas, his head held high. He had faced the worst and returned just as he’d aspired: with honor.

Years later, he found another way to serve his country and has represented the Third Congressional District of Texas for the past fourteen years.

So as Americans fill theaters to watch World War II POW Louie Zamperii’s powerful story unfold in Unbroken, let us also remember the unbroken POWs from that less-celebrated war in Vietnam. Let all Americans, and both sides of the aisle, rightly honor Sam Johnson and his fellow captives who endured the longest and harshest deployment in U.S. military history.

Congressman, your service and example are not forgotten.

Alvin Townley is author of DEFIANT (St. Martin’s Press, 2014) about the leading 11 American POWs in Vietnam and their wives at home, who founded the POW-MIA movement.

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