Rep. Eric Johnson
Young Texans Legislative Caucus, Emeritus Chair (D)
Eric Johnson represents District 100, which includes parts of Dallas and Mesquite, in the Texas House of Representatives. He was first elected in a special election in April 2010. He was re-elected in November 2010, again in November 2012, and once again in November 2014. Today, he serves on three prominent committees: he is Vice Chair of the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety, and a member of the powerful House Calendars Committee.
After his first session, Representative Johnson was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. After his second session, Representative Johnson was selected as a Rodel Fellow by the Aspen-Rodel Institute in Public Leadership. Established in 2005, the Aspen-Rodel Institute works to enhance American democracy by convening the nation's most promising young political leaders in a casual, bipartisan setting to explore the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership.
Representative Johnson has been awarded the Achievement Award from the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program, the Dallas Regional Chamber's first ever "Courage in Public Service Award" for his work in higher education, and has been named one of the Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce's "Five Outstanding Young Texans."
Representative Johnson was recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as a class member of their prestigious 2014 "40 Under 40". In 2012, Representative Johnson was named to the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and joined an ACYPL delegation that visited Israel and the Palestinian Territories, meeting with current and emerging leaders in the region. In December 2012, Representative Johnson was the only member of the Texas Legislature to participate in President Obama's first ever meeting with a delegation of African American state legislators.
Representative Johnson serves as an ex officio member of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Dallas Arboretum, the West Dallas-based Voice of Hope Ministry, and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at SMU.
During the 83rd Legislative Session, Representative Johnson helped found the Young Texans Legislative Caucus (YTLC), to highlight and address the needs of younger Texans, particularly speaking to the state’s long-term investments in education, infrastructure, and the management of our natural resources. He served as the first chair of the YTLC during the 83rd Legislative Session and continues to serve as chair for the 84th Legislative Session.
Representative Johnson is a graduate of Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in history. He then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
In addition to his work in the Legislature, Representative Johnson serves as Of Counsel in the Dallas office of Andrews Kurth LLP, focusing his practice on public financing matters.
Representative Johnson lives in Dallas with his wife, Nakita, and son, William. They are members of the Skillman Church of Christ. In his free time, he enjoys reading, blues and jazz guitar, sports, and spending time with Nakita, William, and their dog Bailey.