Eric Johnson - Lets take a look at who he is and what change he is looking to make as Mayor ofDallas

First lets take a look at Eric's Background

Eric Johnson ➢ Born in Dallas in 1975 (age 43) and raised in West Dallas and Oak Cliff

➢ Attended DISD schools through the first grade before earning a scholarship to Greenhill School through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

➢ Earned his undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard University before earning a graduate degree from Princeton University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania

➢ Has been married to his wife, Nikki, whom he met at Greenhill School, for eleven years

➢ Has two sons, William, a four-year-old preschool student at DISD’s Solar Preparatory School for Boys, and George, who is one year old ➢ Is a member of Skillman Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas ➢ Has been a practicing lawyer in Dallas for the past fifteen years

➢ Has been a member of the Texas House of Representatives, representing the City of Dallas, for the past nine years, and is the former chairman of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation

➢ Has served on nearly twenty legislative committees, including Appropriations (assisted in writing a $172.3 billion state budget for 2012-2013), Ways and Means, Calendars, Higher Education, Investments and Financial Services, Natural Resources (Vice Chair), Economic & Small Business Development (Vice Chair), General Investigating & Ethics (Vice Chair), and Redistricting (Vice Chair)

➢ Has been a champion for early childhood education in the Texas Legislature and the leading voice advocating for high quality, full-day, formula funded pre-kindergarten since he was elected

➢ Was awarded the Dallas Regional Chamber’s first ever “Courage in Public Service” award for his outstanding work in higher education in 2011

➢ Joint-authored House Bill 4, major legislation to fund water infrastructure and conservation projects throughout the State of Texas, in 2013

➢ Authored and passed legislation that allowed DISD to invest funds saved by graduating students early to be used to fund full-day pre-k in 2013 Page 2 of 2

➢ Authored and passed legislation to create Banking Development Districts to expand access to mainstream banking services in 2015

➢ Authored and passed legislation that eliminated barriers to crowdfunding for small businesses in 2015

➢ Authored and passed legislation to allow city, county, and district attorneys to prosecute a particular type of real estate fraud first highlighted by the Dallas Morning News in 2015

➢ Amended the Texas Constitution to allow financial institutions to incentivize personal savings by offering innovative financial products in 2017

➢ Chaired Pre-K Business Roundtable hosted by the Southern Methodist University Simmons School of Education and Human Development in 2018

➢ Is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Dallas Assembly, the Southwestern Medical Foundation Board of Trustees, and Southern Methodist University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development Board of Trustees

➢ Serves as Regional Chairman, Princeton University, Princeton Prize in Race Relations

➢ Is an alumnus of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas program, Class of 2006

➢ Was named one of "Five Outstanding Young Dallasites" by the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2007

➢ Was named one of the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce's "Five Outstanding Young Texans" in 2011

➢ Was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as one of Dallas' "40 Under 40" in 2014

➢ Was named the North Texas Crime Commission’s “Crime Fighter of the Year” in 2014

➢ Previously served on the following Dallas area non-profit boards and commissions: Dallas Arboretum, The Arts Community Alliance, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Dallas Afterschool Network, Educational Opportunities, Inc., Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Dallas County Historical Commission, West Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and Voice of Hope Ministries


He has a pretty impressive professional resume as well. Let's take a look at his past accomplishments on both a local and national level.

Texas House of Representatives, Austin, TX State Representative, April 2010 to Present

  • Founder and Former Chairman of the Young Texans Legislative Caucus

  • Vice Chairman of the Innovation and Technology Caucus

  • Former Chairman of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation

  • House Committees (since 2010): Appropriations, Ways and Means, Higher Education, Calendars, Natural Resources (Vice Chair), General Investigating and Ethics (Vice Chair), Economic and Small Business Development (Vice Chair), Redistricting (Vice Chair), Investments and Financial Services, Urban Affairs, Homeland Security and Public Safety, Elections, Corrections, Criminal Jurisprudence, Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency, State and Federal Power and Responsibility (Select), Transparency in State Agency Operations, and Manufacturing (Interim)

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Dallas, TX Of Counsel, Public Finance, February 2018 to February 2019

  • #1 rated municipal bond law firm in the United States

  • Acquired Andrews Kurth Kenyon’s public finance law practice in February 2018 (see below)

  • Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP, Dallas, TX Of Counsel,

Public Finance, September 2013 to February 2018

  • Municipal bond attorney representing major issuers of municipal securities as well as national and regional investment banking firms that underwrite municipal securities

Education Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State & Local Government, Cambridge, MA

  • Executive Education Certificate, July 2018

  • Awarded Cahn Public Service Fellowship (full tuition scholarship; awarded to only four state and local government elected officials from around the country per cohort)

Current Memberships and Affiliations

  • Council on Foreign Relations, Member

  • Southwestern Medical Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees

  • The Dallas Assembly, Member

  • Southern Methodist University, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Member, Executive Board

  • Democratic National Committee, Member

  • Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Chairman of Finance Council & Member, Board of Directors

  • Let America Vote, Member, Board of Advisors

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Life Member

  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Grand Public Policy Committee Member

  • National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Member, Executive Committee & Co-Chair of International Relations Committee

  • Princeton University, Princeton Prize in Race Relations, Chairman, Dallas Region

  • National Association of Corporate Directors, Member, North Texas Chapter


On January 22nd, Johnson Announced his plan to run in the Dallas Mayors Campaign

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ERIC JOHNSON ENTERS ThE RACE TO BECOME THE NEXT MAYOR OF DALLAS DALLAS, TX State Representative Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) today appointed a campaign treasurer with the City Secretary of Dallas to state publicly his intention to run for Mayor of Dallas in the May 4, 2019 municipal election.


Serving as Johnson’s campaign treasurer will be National Football League Hall of Famer and Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor member, Mel Renfro. “I’ve been around winners all my life, from winning football state championships in high school to winning two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys, so I know a winner when I see one. Eric Johnson is a winner and he’ll be a great mayor,” said Renfro.


Johnson is the chairman of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation and has represented Dallas in the Texas Legislature since 2010. Johnson issued the following statement today: “I believe I offer the citizens of Dallas a unique combination of experience, energy, and creativity when it comes to solving problems, along with a proven track record of working well with people from varying backgrounds in order to accomplish great things. I have represented one of the most diverse House districts in the state for nearly a decade and I’ve shown that I can bring people together to get the job done for all of our families,” Johnson stated.

“Dallas is a great city, but we have some serious challenges ahead of us. We need to make sure that the Dallas of tomorrow is full of opportunity for everyone. It’s time to move beyond the old divisions at City Hall and work together toward real solutions. If we do, Dallas will be a city of strong, safe neighborhoods where families thrive and where every child has the opportunities to succeed that I enjoyed growing up in this incredible city,” Johnson added.

“And that’s why I’m running to become the next mayor of Dallas,” Johnson concluded.


Johnson is a Dallas native. He attended Dallas Independent School District schools through the first grade when he received a scholarship to attend Greenhill School through the West Dallas Boys and Girls Club. Johnson earned an undergraduate degree with honors in History from Harvard University, a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University. He is currently Of Counsel to the international law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where he practices public finance and public policy law. Johnson and his wife, Nakita, reside in Dallas with their two children, William (age 4) and George (age 1). For a candidate information packet or to schedule an interview with Representative Johnson, please email Media@JohnsonForDallas.com




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