Texas Women's University - Winter Commencement December 16, 2011 | Denton, TX
In my first ever commencement speech, I speak to the graduates about the importance of investing wisely. The video starts about a minute into my speech.
NewDEAL Leader Eric Johnson December 14, 2011 | Dallas, TX
NewDEAL Leader Eric Johnson shares his idea to grow progress by spurring innovative approaches to prevent kids from dropping out.
Press Release December 14, 2011 | Dallas, TX
Eric Johnson Selected as One of Nation's Top Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders
Today, Texas State Representative Eric Johnson was selected as one of ten rising leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a recently launched national network that is committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson endorses State Representative Eric Johnson for re-election and nominates him for American Council of Young Political Leaders
"Eric Johnson's focus on education, his resistance to short-sighted state budget cuts, and his ability to work across party lines in order to get things done is exactly what we need in Austin, particularly at this time," said Congresswoman Johnson. "I am endorsing Eric Johnson for re-election to the Texas House and nominated him for ACYPL because I believe he is a genuine public servant who has a tremendous future ahead of him."
State Representative Eric Johnson files for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives in District 100
"I want to return to Austin for the 83rd Texas Legislature so I can work to make education, from Pre-K to PhD, a real priority in our state. Without a renewed focus on education, Texas will be unable to compete in the global marketplace in which we now find ourselves," said Representative Johnson.
Editorial: State funds could strengthen key Dallas campuses June 15, 2011 | Dallas Morning News
As the 2011 Legislature began, Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, had dreams of creating a pilot program that would flood participating middle schools with resources to improve them. Grades 6, 7 and 8 are often the last chance to get students back on track so they can graduate from high school and head to college or a good job. Johnson naturally was interested in southern Dallas middle schools, since he represents some of the area.
Dallas’ Eric Johnson not your average freshman lawmaker May 28, 2011 | Gromer Jefferes Jr. | Dallas Morning News
For a freshman, Dallas Rep. Eric Johnson has done well for himself. One of only 49 Democrats in the 150-member House, he scored plum assignments on the powerful Appropriations and Higher Education committees. Most recently, Speaker Joe Straus appointed him to a new oversight committee on higher education. Johnson has perhaps more clout than any minority party member with so little legislative experience.
Texas charities fear House proposal on specialty license plates could cost them May 13, 2011 | Kim Horner | Dallas Morning News
"When the state collects a fee or tax for a specific purpose, the monies collected shouldn’t be used to certify the budget or to fund other programs," Johnson said in a prepared statement. "Holding back half of the dollars that Texans are giving to charitable causes through license plate purchases is yet another sad consequence of our state’s leaders’ refusal to even consider more extensive use of our state’s rainy day fund."
Editorial: Move These Bills May 6, 2011 | Dallas Morning News
Forcing law-breaking lawmakers to forfeit their state pensions post-conviction should be an easy call. Rep. Eric Johnson’s bill, HB 246, would close a loophole and bar state officials who commit corruption-related felonies from collecting pension benefits. The Dallas Democrat’s legislation has support in both chambers and was passed out of committee unanimously. But it has slowed as the clock runs down. Leaders must ensure that HB 246 is placed on the calendar for a floor vote. Lawmakers should be able to make quick work of this common-sense proposal to stop felons from cashing in on tax-supported benefits.
Texas House panel approves budget cutting state aid to public schools March 23, 2011 | Robert T. Garrett | Dallas Morning News
Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, a freshman member of the House appropriations panel who voted "no" on the budget, noted that it is $23 billion short of maintaining current programs, if inflation and population growth are considered. It also would leave $6.2 billion in the rainy day fund.
"Texas Republicans today are demanding that we make devastating cuts that will hurt Texas’ school-aged, elderly and disabled populations — cuts that they would never suggest for their own families," Johnson said. "It is unconscionable that such brutal cuts are being proposed while billions of dollars sit unspent in the state’s savings account."
Freshman Dallas lawmaker tries to ease clean-air budget cuts February 17, 2011 | Robert T. Garrett | Dallas Morning News
On his first day as a real, live, marking-up-the-budget Texas state budget writer, Rep. Eric Johnson tried to tote fair with the home folks. The freshman Dallas Democrat sprang a plan on his Appropriations subcommittee colleagues that would restore nearly one-quarter of a proposed $225 million cut in programs that use financial carrots to persuade people and companies to get rid of smoke-belching, dirty-polluting cars and diesel-fired heavy equipment. The programs, with exotic names TERP and LIRAP, are especially important to Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.
Dallas Freshmen Lawmakers Enter Electric Atmosphere January 11, 2011 | Gromer Jeffers Jr. | Dallas Morning News
"My No. 1 priority is that Texas doesn’t balance the budget on the backs of working-class people," Johnson said. "I want to make sure that the Republican super-majority understands that real people need help. We’re going to have a fight on our hands, but I’m up to it."
Editorial: Felonious Lawmakers Should Forfeit Pensions December 28, 2010 | Dallas Morning News
Clearly, legislators have plenty of work to do to strengthen Texas ethics laws. But newly minted Rep. Eric Johnson has kick-started this process with common-sense legislation that would force state officials who commit felonies connected to their official duties to forfeit their public pension benefits.