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U.S. House, District 18

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    Sheila Jackson Lee (Dem) U. S. Congresswoman-18th District

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    Richard Johnson (Dem) Educator

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Identify what you think are the three most important issues directly affecting the people in your district and explain how you will address these issues,if elected?

What do you think should be done to help those who don’t receive employer-sponsored health insurance and cannot afford insurance through other currently available options?

What do you think is the appropriate role of the federal government in fostering a positive environment for job creation in the United States?

Education/Degrees Graduate of University of Virginia Law School- J.D. & B.A. in Political Science from Yale University
Professional Experience Congresswoman of 18th Congressional District; Former Houston City Councilmember
Community Involvement Has served 23 years in the U. S. Congress; 1st woman ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism & Homeland Security; founder of the Cong. Children's Caucus; established a $1 billion grant for small businesses for Harvey relief.
Campaign Email advantcomm@msn.com
Campaign Address 4412 Almeda
Houston, TX 77004
Campaign Phone (713) 737-8350
Twitter @jacksonleetx18
1. As a priority, I remain committed to securing sufficient federal funding for those who are still facing challenges with the disrepair of their homes because of Hurricane Harvey as well as those who live around failing bayous. We must fix our infrastructure and bayous in our city and help to repair and rebuild affected homes immediately.

2. We must fix our criminal justice system so that we can decrease the number of incarcerated persons and provide much needed rehabilitation & mental health services for them so they can become productive citizens when they are released.

3. We must provide additional funding to primary & secondary schools in the district; fight against the school closings; and provide jobs in the high-tech industries of environmental protection & technology.
Providing affordable health care was the primary goal of the Affordable Care Act which I worked extensively on and is being attacked by the Trump administration with no viable alternative plan. Therefore, I believe the state of Texas should accept the expanded Medicaid to be able to provide needed health insurance to working families. Additionally, we should make the CHIP program permanent and insure that Medicare and Medicaid funding are not diminished by an excessive tax bill that increases the debt by 1.0 trillion dollars. We must also support our thoroughly qualified neighborhood health clinics that provide excellent health care service by using Medicaid, Medicare and fee for service.

Job creation for the federal government should specifically focus on underserved communities and those that are underemployed. The federal government can provide incentives that focus on specific industries including technology & infrastructure in targeted areas where people are underemployed; we should collaborate with the private sector to create these jobs in underserved communities; I have worked diligently to secure a state-of-the-art automotive technology center in the Northeast community to train people in high-tech jobs; I will be working further to secure training in the interstate trucking industry. All of these efforts can be assisted by federal funding for training programs. A tax bill that cuts funding from job training & education programs, greatly undermines the opportunity or goal to create jobs. I’m also a strong supporter for bringing down tuition costs and lowering student loan interest rates to help our young people to not be saddled with overwhelming debt.
Education/Degrees BA (History and Gov.) Wiley College MA (Clinical Psy.) Texas Southern Univ. Ed.D. (Education) Texas Southern Univ.
Professional Experience Dr. Johnson has served as an educator in the State of Texas for over 20 years. He has worked in both the secondary and post secondary levels. His government experience includes 6 years working in Houston City Council and the 85th Texas Legislature.
Community Involvement As an 8 year veteran of the United States Army, Dr. Johnson has worked extensively on VA issues. He has also worked to promote mental health, education and employment solutions that have a direct impact on the things that adversely effect the area.
Campaign Email rajohnson5@yahoo.com
Campaign Website http://drrichardjohnson.org
Campaign Phone (832) 245-6996
The Primary issue of importance in the 18th Congressional District is education reform. I plan to propose legislation that would incentivize state education agencies to enhance their career technology education programs. I will also work with the members of the Education and Workforce Committee to develop academic advising and peer mentoring policies. The second issue is job creation and development. I will work with the Workforce Committee to lift the regulatory burden off of businesses to spur growth and incentivize the return of production and manufacturing. This will move the country in the direction of increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), thereby boosting the economy and giving great pride to American workers. Thirdly, I will propose legislation that will incentivize the states to provide educational programs, in state and federal prisons, that increases the employability of those incarcerated. Lifting the licensing band on trades, will help the re entry process.
Healthcare is of prime importance to all Americans. It is in our best interest to enhance our efforts in preventative medicine, while at the same time ensuring that all Americans have affordable and effective access to an efficient healthcare system. I will coordinate with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to design legislation that would decrease gaps in healthcare services to those citizens who are experiencing difficulties affording it. I will propose and support legislation that will reduce the cost of healthcare and increase the efficiency of the system. I will also initiate and collaborate on healthcare studies with the top Tier One Research Institutions in the United States, to come up with recommendation that will benefit those who are the least, the last and the lost. The findings will be used to assist legislators in developing effective healthcare policies to help the economically disadvantaged and the working poor.
The federal government plays a significant role in fostering a positive environment for job creation in the United States. Business and Industry is the back bone of the American economy. Public/Private partnerships are essential for our growth and development. I believe that the federal government can implement the kind of trade, employment and industrial incentive policies that will spur on growth to industry and the economy. When the American economy is strong and robust the entire system is enhanced. The federal government has a responsibility to assist the markets with growth and livable wage policies. It is also necessary for the federal government to manage its own expenditures in a way that is fair and equitable to all Americans for participation. Finally, it is incumbent upon the federal government to create incentive programs and policies that encourages the educational system to train and develop individuals with skill sets that will benefit the markets and industry.