For Immediate Release
May 16, 2019
Dallas, TX – Three groups representing current and retired first responders endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Thursday in the race to determine the next Mayor of Dallas.
Rep. Johnson earned the endorsements of the Black Police Association PAC, the Retired Black Police Officers Association PAC, and the Black Fire Fighters Association PAC.
“All associations would like to thank you for your desire to work for the City of Dallas and its citizens,” the groups wrote in a letter to Rep. Johnson on Thursday. “We look forward to working with you in the future. Again, we are excited about the future of our city, and we believe you possess the qualities necessary to guide us during these times and in the years to come.”
Rep. Johnson is the son of a former Dallas police officer and a consistent supporter of law enforcement and public safety. During the recent debate in the Texas House over putting a 3.5 percent limit on growth in local revenue, Rep. Johnson offered an amendment to exempt public safety expenses from that limit in order to ensure that cities had the resources needed to maintain their public safety employees and adequately address crime and other issues.
Rep. Johnson has also been a consistent advocate of building trust between officers and the community. Working with the Dallas Police Department, the Texas Attorney General, and law enforcement statewide, Rep. Johnson authored and passed legislation that created a statewide reporting system for officer-involved shootings in 2015, and he added an enforcement mechanism to the law in 2017. He also sponsored and passed legislation that established statewide standards for the use of body cameras by police and helped law enforcement agencies throughout Texas procure body cameras distributed by the state.
“It has been an honor for me to work closely with first responders in Dallas for years, and I will have an even closer relationship with these brave public servants if the voters elect me Mayor of Dallas,” Rep. Johnson said. “These officers and firefighters know that I come from a police family and fundamentally understand the sacrifices that they and their families make. I’m grateful for their support, but I’m even more grateful for their courageous, relentless service to the people of Dallas.”
Rep. Johnson grew up in Dallas and returned to his hometown immediately upon completing his formal education. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University in 1998 as well as a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, both in 2003.
Rep. Johnson has represented Dallas-based District 100 in the Texas House of Representatives since 2010. He has been a leading voice for expanding access to early childhood education, fighting public corruption, funding much-needed street repairs, and improving public safety.
Rep. Johnson has been a practicing lawyer in Dallas for the past fifteen years. He and his wife, Nikki, have two sons, William and George.
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