Former Senator Florence Shapiro Joins Education Leaders Endorsing Eric Johnson

Staff Press Releases

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2019

Dallas, TX – Former Texas Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Florence Shapiro endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Thursday to be the next Mayor of Dallas.

Sen. Shapiro is the latest education leader to endorse Rep. Johnson, who has also earned support in the Mayor’s race from five members of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees and from State Rep. Dan Huberty, who currently chairs the Texas House Committee on Public Education.

“As someone who represented North Texas and focused on education policy for many years, I know that Eric Johnson will work to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn and excel,” Sen. Shapiro said. “Eric’s life is a testament to the power of a great education and, as Mayor, he will help and inspire many more young people to find their own success. Eric understands what Dallas needs to do to create a world-class workforce and he will make it a priority from day one.”

Education has been a top priority throughout Rep. Johnson’s nine years in the Texas House of Representatives. A bill he authored this year requiring school districts to report demographic data regarding out-of-school suspensions has been approved by the House and Senate and is on its way to Governor Greg Abbott for approval. Last year, Rep. Johnson passed a bill into law banning suspensions in prekindergarten through second grade. Both bills highlight Rep. Johnson’s efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

Rep. Johnson has also been one of the leading voices in the Texas Legislature for increasing funding for full-day, high-quality prekindergarten. Last month, he voted for major school finance reforms that put more state dollars into public schools, cut school property tax rates and reduce the amount of money that districts such as Dallas ISD send away through Robin Hood.

“I’m grateful for Senator Shapiro’s support,” Rep. Johnson said. “Workforce readiness will be one of my top priorities as Mayor of Dallas, and a great workforce starts with great schools. When I was a kid growing up in Dallas, education transformed my life. As Mayor of Dallas, I will work tirelessly to keep every child in Dallas on the path to academic and career success.”

Rep. Johnson has received the overwhelming majority of endorsements from Dallas leaders in the June 8 runoff election for Mayor of Dallas. He has been endorsed by The Honorable Mike Rawlings and numerous other civic leaders, including four former Dallas Mayors, two members of the Dallas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives, 12 current and former members of the Texas Legislature and five members of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees.

The son of a former Dallas police officer, 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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