The public often hears about fiscal waste in Washington, D.C., but rarely about success stories with lawmakers providing tangible services for their individual constituents. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia’s 4th House District, recently announced that since taking office in 2007, he has secured over $3 million for the people he serves.
This milestone shows that there is another side to serving the community. Thousands of residents contact Johnson and his staff for help on specific items, related to their benefits, taxes, housing, and other contact points in the federal government. Together, they are able to work through the Washington bureaucracy to solve real problems for people who may otherwise not find solutions.
Johnson’s district covers a large swath of eastern metro Atlanta. The area lies near the heart of the largest city in the Southeast. So, residents contact him throughout the year with a range of issues and needs at his offices in both in Georgia and Washington, D.C.
According to a written statement, Rep. Johnson has helped over 3,500 of his constituents secure $3,168,602.38. Some of his largest wins involved cutting through red tape at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration, and the Internal Revenue Service.
“Helping my constituents navigate the federal bureaucracy is one of the most important things I do,” Rep. Johnson said.
“When I first ran for office in 2006, I promised I would take care of home first. I’m here to ensure that constituents receive the money and benefits due them from the federal government,” Johnson added.
Congressman Johnson is not one to rest on his laurels. With this milestone for his district, he encourages other residents of the 4th District to contact him with questions or concerns that he can address on their behalf.
“As always, I value constituents’ input and welcome their comments. Being District 4’s representative in Washington is a singular honor, and I appreciate helping constituents above everything else. Listening to residents and bringing their concerns to Washington is why I’m here,” he said.
Of course, there are also the major roadway, social services, and other headline-making projects that Rep. Johnson and other congressmen initiate for their constituents. He has been very open about the his successes for the larger community – roads, parks, HIV/AIDS prevention funding, and jobs, among other items. He sees those larger wins to be just as important as smaller tasks for individuals in need.
To learn more about the work that Rep. Johnson does or to contact his offices, visit his website.