Texas House Public Education Chairman Endorses Eric Johnson

Staff Press Releases

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2019

Dallas, TX – State Rep. Dan Huberty, the widely respected chairman of the Public Education Committee in the Texas House of Representatives, endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Monday in the race for Mayor of Dallas.

“Representative Johnson and I were classmates in the Texas House,” Chairman Huberty said. “I know first-hand how much he personally cares about education, but also fights for his community. As the Chairman of Public Education in the Texas House, Eric has shown to me he can be the leader Dallas needs for our future. I give my complete support to my friend Eric Johnson as your next Mayor.”

Chairman Huberty, a Republican from Houston, has served in the House since 2011. This year, he is leading the legislative effort to overhaul the school finance system by authoring House Bill 3, which passed the Texas House by a near-unanimous vote. The bill puts billions of new dollars into public education, reduces school district tax rates, provides a pay increase for teachers and other school employees, increases funding for full-day prekindergarten and reduces by $3 billion over two years the amount of money that districts such as Dallas ISD send away to the state through Robin Hood.

“Chairman Huberty and I have had a good relationship for many years and I am grateful to have his support,” Rep. Johnson said. “Chairman Huberty has done a masterful job of listening to educators, legislators and taxpayers while leading the effort to reform our school finance system.”

Chairman Huberty is the latest education leader to endorse Rep. Johnson for Mayor of Dallas. Last week, five members of the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees also endorsed Rep. Johnson.

Education has been a top priority throughout Rep. Johnson’s nine years in the Texas House. Rep. Johnson has been one of the Legislature’s most consistent advocates for greater funding of full-day, high-quality prekindergarten, and he passed legislation allowing Dallas ISD to take money saved from early high school graduations and reinvest it in full-day pre-K in the district.

Rep. Johnson has also worked to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline by passing legislation into law to prohibit student suspensions in pre-K through second grade. This year, he passed a bill in the Texas House to require schools to report demographic data about student suspensions to the state, which will allow researchers and elected officials to craft better policies related to student discipline.

“Our success as a community begins in our schools,” Rep. Johnson said. “As Mayor, I will work tirelessly with parents and educators in Dallas to ensure that all our kids stay on the path to graduation and are well-prepared for lasting careers. Workforce readiness is my top priority, and nothing matters more to our workforce than the quality of our public schools.”

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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