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Humble Beginnings

Eric JohnsonRepresentative Johnson was born on October 10, 1975 in Dallas, Texas. He attended first grade at C.F. Carr Elementary School in District 100. In the second grade, he was selected to participate in the Independent Schools Project, a partnership between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas and several of the top private schools in Dallas. For the next eleven years, Eric rode a van from the West Dallas Boys and Girls Club to attend Greenhill School, from which he graduated in 1994. He went on to attend Harvard University, where he majored in History and graduated cum laude.

After graduating from Harvard in 1998, Representative Johnson returned to Dallas and accepted a position as Legislative Assistant to State Representative Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas) in Austin, Texas. Representative Johnson then earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Affairs with a focus on education policy and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Today, Representative Johnson owns and operates the Law Offices of Eric L. Johnson, P.C., where he represents clients in criminal and civil litigation as well as select transactional matters, particularly in the areas of technology and public finance.

Serving District 100

In the 82nd Legislative Session, Representative Johnson was appointed to two very prominent committees: the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Higher Education. In addition, he has since been appointed to the special House and Senate Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency.

During the interim, Representative Johnson has busied himself with the diverse needs of the people of District 100. He has hosted both an education town hall meeting in Oak Cliff and a Crime Summit focused on reducing crime in West Dallas. Most recently, he has been raising awareness of redevelopment projects intended to revitalize and bring jobs to South Dallas.

In hopes of spreading his message and inspiring tomorrow's leaders, Representative Johnson has also devoted much time to speaking at various functions. From Dallas' MLK Banquet to Texas Women's University, to Bayles Elementary, Representative Johnson has worked tirelessly to empower Texans throughout Dallas and all of Texas.

Dedication to the Community

Prior to entering office, Representative Johnson was an active volunteer in the Dallas Independent School District. Starting out as a tutor and mentor, he soon began speaking at many career day events and academic pep rallies. His passion for working in our public schools comes from his own experience with what education can do to change a person's life. This passion is, perhaps, most clearly exemplified by the West Dallas C.A.M.P (Community Ambassador Mentoring Program), a nonprofit he started in 2009. A joint initiative between C.F Carr Elementary School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the People Empowerment Project, this program pairs fourth graders with mentors in order to equip them with the skills necessary to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

In addition to his work in DISD schools, Eric has served on the boards of several prominent organizations in the Dallas community. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (the first alumnus to ever do so) and the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in South Dallas. Eric has also served on the boards of Educational Opportunities, Inc., an organization that provides scholarships to academically talented but economically disadvantaged DISD students; the metro Dallas Alliance, which is responsible for operating "The Bridge" (the City of Dallas' homeless assistance center); the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce; and The Arts Community Alliance. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Dallas Arboretum and Voices of Hope.

In 2006, Eric was selected to participate in the Dallas Regional Chamber's Leadership Dallas program, where he learned about the many complex issues facing Dallas and the North Texas region. He was named one of the "Five Outstanding Young Dallasites" by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and one the "Five Outstanding Texans" in 2011. That same year, the Dallas Regional Chamber honored him with their first-ever "Courage in Public Service Award." Representative Johnson currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and was chosen to be part of the NewDEAL Leaders, a nationwide network of pro-growth progressive leaders.

Eric and Nakita Johnson with President ObamaA Lifelong Democrat

Representative Johnson is a lifelong Democrat and has been active in the Democratic Party for several years. He has served as a Democratic precinct chair and has also been a financial supporter of the Dallas County Democratic Party, Dallas County Young Democrats, Texas Democratic Party, and Democratic National Committee. Representative Johnson served as an at-large delegate for President Barack Obama to the 2008 Texas Democratic State Convention in Austin, Texas and also served as an Obama Precinct Captain during the 2008 Democratic primary election contest.

Eric and Nakita JohnsonPersonal

Eric is married to Nakita Johnson. They are members of the Lawrence and Marder Church of Christ in South Dallas. In his free time, Eric enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with Nakita and their dog, Nina.

 

 

 

 

 

Current Memberships and Affiliations
State Bar of Texas
United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
Dallas Bar Association
J. L. Turner Legal Association
Dallas County Democratic Party, Sustaining Member
Dallas County Young Democrats, Sustaining Member
Texas Democratic Party, Majority Builder
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Dallas Alumni Chapter
Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce
Westmoreland Heights Community Center, Volunteer
TheDallasAssembly
Progressive Voters League - New Era
NAACP, Dallas Chapter
Harvard Club of Dallas (Former Vice President of Programs)
Greenhill School Alumni Association
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas Alumni Association (Founder and Former Chairman)
Christian Transformation Forum - West Dallas, Volunteer (Economic Development and Legal Committees)
Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, Dallas Chapter
Dallas Arboretum, Board of Directors
The Arts Community Alliance, Board of Directors
Leadership Dallas Alumni Association

Past Memberships and Affiliations
Si Se Puede Political Action Committee, Co-Founder and President
West Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, Board of Directors (Public Policy Committee and Nominating Committee)
Educational Opportunities, Inc., Board of Directors (Former Board Secretary)
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Board of Directors and 2009 MLK Birthday Celebration Steering Committee Chairperson
Dallas Independent School District Youth Mentoring Initiative, Mentor (Lincoln High School)
Leadership Dallas, Class of 2006
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Board of Directors
Dallas County Historical Commission, Member and Founder/Chairperson of the Historical Marker Diversity Committee, 2005-2007
Democratic Precinct Chair, Precinct 3210
At-Large Delegate for President Barack Obama, 2008 Texas Democratic Party State Convention and Obama Precinct Captain