Henry Johnson

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U.S. Representative

Henry Johnson (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on the Judiciary
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for GA-04

Confirmed: Chris Vaughn, Cynthia McKinney, Henry Johnson
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for GA-04)
On the Web
Official website

Hank Johnson, a Democrat, has represented the Fourth Congressional District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2007.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 100 - 20/20 100 - 20/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 47 - 9/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Johnson grew up in Washington, DC, the son of the highest ranking African American then serving in the Bureau of Prisons. He graduated from Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) and Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall Law School. He is married to Mereda Davis Johnson and has two children.[1]

Johnson has practiced law for 25 years, with a focus on criminal and civil litigation. He gained a degree of prominence early in his career when he successfully won the exoneration of He also served as Associate Judge of the Magistrate Court of DeKalb County for ten years. in 2001, he was elected a DeKalb County Commissioner, a job he held until running for Congress in 2006.[2]

2006 elections

Johnson challenged incumbent Rep. Cynthia McKinney in the Democratic primary. In the initial round of voting, she received 47.1% of the vote; Johnson 44.4%. The failure of both candidates to earn a majority of the vote triggered a run off. Johnson won the run off fairly easily (59%-41%) and became the Democratic Party's nominee for Congress, nearly assuring him a seat given the make up of his district.[3]

He defeated Republican candidate Catherine Davis in the November general election. Johnson and Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) became the first Buddhists to serve in Congress in January 2007. [4]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Georgia superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Henry Johnson, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Alston & Bird$ 12,600
American Assn for Justice$ 10,000
American Crystal Sugar$ 10,000
Bank of America$ 10,000
Cox Enterprises$ 10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$ 10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$ 10,000
Lockheed Martin$ 8,000
Air Line Pilots Assn$ 7,500
American Federation of Teachers$ 7,500
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Henry Johnson
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

More Background Data


DC office
  • 1427 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-1605 Fax: 202-226-0691
    Webform email
District offices
  • 5700 Hillandale Dr., Suite 110, Lithonia, GA 30058
    Ph: (770) 987-2291 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3469 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite 205, Tucker, Georgia 30084
    Ph: (770) 939-2016 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • No campaign office information entered.

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