Hank Johnson Biography
Hank Johnson is Georgia’s 4th congressional district Representative since 2007. The district is largely Suburban county and its east of Atlanta. He is one of the two Buddhists to have served in the United State’s Congress. After his birth, his parents called him Harry Calvin Johnson Jr.
The University of Virginia has named him one of the most effective Democrats in the congress whereas the University of Vanderbilt has proven his ability to get things done.
Hank Johnson Age
He was born on October 2, 1954, in Washington D.C United States of America. He is 64 years of age as of 2018
Hank Johnson Early Life
He was raised in Washington D.C by his father who worked for the Bureau of Prison as the director of classification and paroles. his father was the highest ranking African-American in the Bureau.
In 1976, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark College. Additionally, in 1979 he earned his J.D degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston. He has practiced law in Decatur, Georgia for more than 25 years.
He married attorney Mareda Devis and the have two children
Hank Johnson Political Career
He first joined politics in 2006 when he was elected as Georgias representative. In his political careers he has been in various committees for instance:Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways & Transit, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet where he was the Chair and Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
He has been a vocal individual in various topics and issues affecting The united states of America. For instance:
Position on the Iraq War
+-He commented on U.S. President George W. Bush’s State of the Union address by criticizing the war in Iraq, saying “This war has proven to be one of the gravest missteps in the recent history of our country. It is time for President Bush to face the music and respond to the urgent demands of a frustrated country.”On January 25, 2007.
On February 8, 2007, he introduced his first bill: requesting the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates takes U.S. troops off of street patrol duty in Iraq. “There is no military solution for the civil war in Iraq,” said Johnson, “It is time for Iraqi troops, who have been trained, to assume responsibility for patrolling their own streets. Clearly, deploying our troops this way has only escalated the number of U.S. casualties, and this must stop”.
He voted for the H.R. 15911. The bill provided $124 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and required President Bush to withdraw American forces from Iraq by mid-2008. It also prohibited the use of funds to deploy any troops to Iraq unless the military has certified to congressional appropriators in advance that the military unit is fully mission-capable. The proposed bill set requirements for Department of Homeland Security contracts, subcontracts, and task orders, and required that each federal agency that had awarded at least $1 billion worth of contracts in the preceding year to develop and implement a plan to minimize the use of no-bid and cost-reimbursement contracts.
It also provided funds for disaster relief and recovery related to hurricanes in Katrina and Rita, for influenza response programs, livestock disaster assistance, and Medicare and Medicaid; it amended fair labor laws to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 per hour and apply these wage requirements to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and to American Samoa.
It addressed several tax issues including tax breaks for small businesses, making certain dependents ineligible for the lowest capital gains rate, and lengthening the period of failure to notify a taxpayer of liability before interest and certain penalties must be suspended. The measure also increased the amount of any required installment of estimated tax otherwise due in 2012 from a corporation with assets of $1 billion or more.
He voted to cut funding for the Iraq War unless provisions included binding requirements upon the Iraqi government and provisions were additionally made for the redeployment of American armed forces from Iraq on May 24, 2007
In a speech in Philadelphia, before the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation On July 25, 2016, He said that the Israel occupation of the West Bank had created highways to which Palestinians are denied access to their neighbors. He claimed that walls and Israeli checkpoints restricted Palestinian the freedom of movement. He was also reported as saying Palestinian homes were stolen or destroyed by the Jewish. He added that ‘there is a steady almost like termites’ and that ‘settlement activity has marched forwards with impunity’. The statement was picked up by Adam Kredo for The Washington Free Beacon, who reported Johnson as having likened Jewish Israeli settlers to termites. The Anti-Defamation League cited the words as an example of ‘demonization, dehumanization of settlers’ Dov Wilker of the ethnic advocacy group American Jewish Committee was reported as saying Johnson had compared Jewish Israelis to ‘vermin’ and that he was using a centuries-old anti-Semitic trope used against Jews.
He apologized on Twitter for his “poor choice of words”, but said that Israeli settlements were undermining the two-state solution. In a statement his office made to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he clarified that his termite metaphor referred to the corrosive process of settlement policies. Street responded to his clarification by stating there should be no place for slurs, but, in their view, the Congressman was speaking of the settlement enterprise, not of individuals.
He was in support of the legislation aimed at strengthening the U.S. civil justice system. In March 2016, he and Representative John Conyers introduced legislation to protect consumers access to civil courts, titled the “Restoring Statutory Rights Act.” This legislation would “ensure that the state, federal, and constitutional rights of Americans are enforceable” and consumers aren’t forced into secretive private arbitration hearings.
Comments on Guam tipping over
Johnson said to Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commander of U.S. Pacific Command, “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize”, to which Admiral Willard replied, “We don’t anticipate that.” Johnson later said that he was using a facetious metaphor to draw attention to the potential negative impact caused by the addition of 8000 marines and dependents and potentially up to 80 000 workers during the base’s peak construction period to an island of 180 000 people. During a House Armed Services Committee hearing on March 25, 2010. Concerning the U.S. military installation on the island of Guam.