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Johnson lands colleagues' endorsements

5/9/2014, noon
Hank Johnson poses with Democratic whip Steny Hoyer after his endorsement.

Congressman Hank Johnson’s colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives are lining up to endorse him for re-election.

The latest nods come from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Assistant Democratic leader Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).

The endorsements from the House democratic leadership come on the heels of endorsements in March from President Barack Obama and congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis.

Pelosi, a former House Speaker, said Johnson has stood shoulder to shoulder with all House Democrats in fighting for equal opportunity, for good jobs and better pay, for a strong, thriving middle class.

“Hank Johnson is a champion for working families, in Georgia and across the country,” she said. “He is a bold leader and an unflinching voice in our ongoing effort to secure affordable health care for our families, jobs and fairness for our workers, consumer protections for Main Street and effective rules of the road for Wall Street.”

Hoyer called Johnson “a tireless advocate for the people of Georgia’s Fourth District.”

“I am proud to endorse him for reelection to Congress,” he said. “Hank has played an important role advancing House Democrats’ platform of expanding opportunities for middle-class families by making quality, affordable health care more accessible, promoting world-class schools, and standing up for seniors and veterans.”

Hoyer said Johnson continues to serve Georgian families with great distinction as their Representative.

“He has sponsored an important piece of legislation under House Democrats’ bipartisan Make It In America plan for jobs and economic competitiveness, which aims to help businesses in Georgia and across the country create high-skill, high-wage jobs that won’t be shipped overseas,” he said. Clyburn said that he enjoyed working with Johnson on behalf of all Americans.

“He has a keen understanding of the issues that affect working men and women and is a fierce defender of middle-income Americans,” he said. “We can always count on Hank to champion the causes that matter.”

Johnson, who is seeking his fifth term of office, is facing former DeKalb Sheriff Tom Brown in the May 20 Democratic Primary.

There is no Republican contender in November so the primary winner takes the seat.