There are only thirty-five days until the start of the 86th Texas Legislature. I am currently preparing for the new legislative session and wanted to update you on what I have been working on and also to share with you some information that might be of interest.
Princeton Prize in Race Relations I am the Dallas/Fort Worth regional chairman of a Princeton University initiative known as the Princeton Prize in Race Relations (the “Princeton Prize”). The Princeton Prize is a national contest in which high school students submit essays detailing how they are working to improve race relations in their community. The winners receive $1,000, are recognized in a local ceremony, and are also flown to Princeton University to be recognized and participate in a weekend-long symposium. Click on the image below to apply or nominate a student before the January 31, 2019 deadline. Please share this information with students in grades 9-12 who might be interested in participating.
Remembering George H.W. Bush
With the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, America lost a statesman, patriot, and true public servant who dedicated his life to serving our country. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the closure of all Texas state offices on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, for a day of mourning to honor former President George H.W. Bush. My state office will be closed tomorrow as well to honor the late president.
Rep. Johnson in the News Below are some news articles that will provide you additional information about what I have been working on since my last update. 'Get the screwdrivers out': After AG opinion, Dallas lawmaker again asks for Confederate plaque to come down, Dallas Morning News Black lawmaker renews call against Texas Confederate plaque, Washington Post Lost cause: Getting our history right in Austin, Port Arthur News Abbott should remove Confederate plaque without delay, Denton Record-Chronicle Texas AG says board led by Gov. Greg Abbott can remove Confederate plaque in the Capitol, Texas Tribune Beto O'Rourke backs removal of Confederate plaque from Texas Capitol, The Hill Beto O'Rourke Calls for Removal of Confederate Plaque from Texas State Capitol: 'Take It Down Today', Newsweek Beto O’Rourke: Remove Confederate Plaque from Texas Capitol, Breitbart Presumptive speaker backs removal of Confederate plaque same day governor calls special meeting, Dallas Morning News Dennis Bonnen, presumptive next Texas House speaker, backs removal of Confederate plaque, Texas Tribune Straus renews call to remove historically inaccurate plaque from Capitol wall, San Antonio Express-News Dallas mayoral candidate Larry Casto says his ideas can lift neighborhoods — but he'd need Texas Legislature's help, Dallas Morning News East Dallas’ ‘3G’ intersection is a mess, and the fight over its future doesn't need more twists and turns, Dallas Morning News Dallas leaders hope revamp of delegation to Texas House delivers results, Dallas Morning News Texas lawmakers file more than 400 bill proposals as 2019 session prep begins, Dallas Morning News Marijuana, equal pay and voting rights among first bills filed in Texas for 2019, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 'Tis the Season Lastly, I wanted to share the picture below of my sons, William (age 4) and George (age 1), meeting Santa Clause this past weekend.
Stay tuned for more updates next week! Best regards, Representative Eric Johnson Texas House of Representatives