Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hank Johnson, Georgia’s New Black Congressman, Anxious to Learn, Listen - and Serve

Hank Johnson, the Georgia attorney and DeKalb County Commissioner who once likened himself to David fighting Goliath for a seat on Capitol Hill, can now add a formidable title to his resume: Congressman.
Johnson, 52, was elected to Georgia's Fourth Congressional District and claimed the seat of Rep. Cynthia McKinney, whom he defeated in a runoff last year.
Considered a long-shot candidate a year ago, Johnson is among more than 50 new congressional members -- including three new black members -- who will be sworn into the 110th Congress Thursday in Washington, D.C.
"I am proud to be a part of the Democratic majority taking the House of Representatives back to the people," Johnson told Wednesday.
"I’m learning about my colleagues, about the legislative issues and constituent services and I’m looking forward to this historic opportunity to replace the 109th 'do-nothing' Congress," he said.
Johnson said he plans to focus on several legislative issues, including raising the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour from $5.15 an hour; cutting the interest rates in half for student loans and reducing costs for prescription drugs.
"It’s a great challenge," Johnson said in an interview. "I’m well-rested after the holidays, and I’m up to the task."

Hank and Rep. Steny Hoyer discuss the issues, meet voters

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