Austin, Texas – Today Speaker Dennis Bonnen announced committee assignments for the members of the 86th legislature of the Texas House of Representatives. Newly elected State Representative Julie Johnson of Dallas County was appointed to the prestigious House Committee on Insurance and House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. In the past Rep. Johnson has faced off against insurance companies through her law practice, to provide legal protection for consumers.
“I am excited to utilize my experience as a trial lawyer on the Insurance and Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committees to advocate for legislation that protects everyday Texans,” said Rep. Johnson. “I look forward to working with my colleagues across the aisle on critical matters such as creating avenues for accessible and affordable healthcare, and I am grateful to Speaker Bonnen for his leadership and thoughtfulness on today’s committee selections. Through these committee assignments, I will have the opportunity to work on crafting laws that will ensure that Texans are able to see a doctor when they get sick.”
During the 86th Legislative Session, Rep. Julie Johnson will hear legislation and testimony on matters pertaining to insurance and the insurance industry, civil law, civil procedure, administrative law, and more. Committees are also charged with oversight of state agencies. The House Committee on Insurance oversees agencies such as the Texas Department of Insurance and the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence oversees the Texas Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeals and the Office of the Attorney General.
ENDORSEMENT ALERT: TEXPAC, the Texas Medical Association’s bipartisan political action committee that helps elect medicine-friendly candidates at the local, state, and federal levels, has officially endorsed our campaign!
“Julie Johnson is passionate about health care and, if elected, will ensure the people of Texas are represented in the best way possible by voting down bad bills. On the other hand, her opponent, Rep. Matt Rinaldi, has consistently voted against medicine in past legislative sessions,” said TEXPAC Chair Robert Rogers, MD. “Julie supports population health care initiatives and will work for accurate and fair compensation by insurance providers for services rendered,” Dr. Rogers said. “She has already proven willing to have an open dialogue with local physicians and act on their concerns. She also supports graduate medical education funding to retain and train new physicians in Texas. She is the spouse of a physician and is deeply involved in the medical process on a day-to-day basis,” Dr. Rogers said. “For these reasons and more, TEXPAC is pleased to back Julie Johnson as an important voice for our patients.”
The support from a bipartisan and well respected group like TEXPAC is an indicator that the momentum is on our side. Regardless of what party affiliation you have, we all deserve proper medical care when we’re sick. I’m proud that the physicians of Texas chose me as their advocate in the legislature. #PeopleOverPolitics #TXlege
Read the press release on HRC.org.
Today, HRC announced its endorsement of Julie Johnson to represent House District 115 in the Texas House of Representatives.
“Julie Johnson is a champion for working families who will fight for every day Texans,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “We proudly endorse her candidacy to represent Texas House District 115 and look forward to working with another strong, pro-equality voice in the Texas Legislature.”
“It’s time to choose what our Texas of tomorrow looks like. Will we go down the path of hate and waste or will we make sure that Texas is a place where businesses and all families can flourish?” said Julie Johnson. “This choice demands leaders who put the needs of our state above the needs of any party. We have invested too much time on issues that don’t truly matter to the people of Texas. That’s why I am running for HD-115. I am running to bring back common sense based on common values– to do what is right for my fellow Texans, and to ensure that the ability to write laws in a bipartisan manner is not lost in the Texas House of Representatives. I am pleased to be endorsed by the Human Rights campaign and look forward to working with them once elected.”
Johnson lives in Dallas, TX with her wife, Dr. Susan Moster and their two sons. A long time small business owner, she has spent her career serving the people of Texas and fighting for equality, fairness and justice. The choice between Johnson and incumbent State Rep. Matt Rinaldi could not be clearer. While Johnson will fight to ensure the equal treatment of every Texan, Rinaldi is a hard-right legislator who sponsored Texas’ failed anti-transgender bill last session and enjoys support from some the state’s most egregious anti-equality groups.
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