For Immediate Release
May 15, 2019
Dallas, TX – Two members of Congress who represent the City of Dallas in the United States House of Representatives endorsed State Rep. Eric Johnson on Wednesday to be the next Mayor of Dallas.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressman Lance Gooden each endorsed Rep. Johnson, becoming the first members of the Dallas congressional delegation to endorse in the June 8 mayoral runoff.
“I am grateful for the support of Congresswoman Johnson and Congressman Gooden,” Rep. Johnson said. “I have been fortunate to work with each of them for many years. If the people of Dallas choose me to serve as their Mayor, it will be a high priority of mine to have an open and productive relationship with our entire delegation in Washington and in Austin, regardless of political party. I will always put Dallas first.”
Congresswoman Johnson has represented Dallas in the U.S. House since 1993.
"Dallas is a big, diverse city, and at this time, we need a mayor who understands how to get the best out of it,” Congresswoman Johnson said. "As someone who has lived here for a majority of my life, I am eager to see us to continue to grow and develop in the years ahead. In this runoff, the best candidate to lead our city is Representative Eric Johnson.”
Congresswoman Johnson continued, "In my judgment, Representative Eric Johnson is the right candidate to unite the best of what our city has to offer and push us forward. I am happy to support his candidacy and look forward to working with him as our next Mayor."
Congressman Gooden was elected to the U.S. House last year after serving three terms in the Texas Legislature.
"Eric and I served together for many years in the Texas House and I believe he is the clear choice to lead Dallas as Mayor,” Congressman Gooden said. “Eric knows how to bring people together, think big, listen to diverse views and build consensus. I have long admired Eric’s commitment to the people he serves and I look forward to working with him as Mayor of Dallas.”
Eric 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, State Sen. Royce West and numerous other 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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