Q&A: Sam Johnson is running for U.S. representative, Texas District 3

Candidates have filed for the March primary election.

Candidates have filed for the March primary election.

Sam Johnson has filed to run for U.S. representative, District 3. He is running as a Democrat against Adam P. Bell, Lorie Burch and Medrick Yhap in the March 6 primary election.

Community Impact Newspaper sent Johnson a list of questions about his candidacy. Below are his answers, which have been edited for style.

Q. Why did you decide to run for this office?

A. We need elected representatives who will listen to and talk with constituents in both parties, as well as constituents who haven’t found a home in either major party. Our district has for too long been underrepresented in both substance and action. The residents of Texas’ 3rd Congressional District are progress oriented, believe in opportunity for all of our families, have real matters of concern, and they deserve a representative who will empathize and problem solve with them. With the incumbent retiring, this is the best opportunity for Democrats to reclaim this seat and make sure that truly all the voters in our district are represented and empowered. I have long been a community advocate for equality and equal opportunity for all—not just for one group, and not just for the groups to which I belong. Texas needs a new kind of politician, the kind they taught us we were supposed to have. I am that person, and I am the best candidate to represent and be a voice for all citizens in our district.

Q. What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?

A. I’ve been working since I was 14 years old when I started bagging groceries at Tom Thumb in Plano, and since then I’ve worked jobs from being a barista at a locally owned coffee shop, to selling museum tickets, to owning my own law firm. My work experiences for well over half my life have honed my ability to understand others and achieve effective communication with everyone I come into contact with. In my job as a business attorney, I not only work with researching, interpreting, and applying federal statutes and regulations on a daily basis, but I have spent the last 10 years in a career working to resolve disputes between opposing parties and achieving success doing so. I’ve also been a community and legislative advocate for justice and fair treatment for all people as a very active member of the Anti-Defamation League. My involvement has taken me to Austin and Washington, D.C., working directly in the legislative process on laws that impact people’s lives in a very direct way.

Q. If elected, what would be your top priorities?

A. My top three priorities have changed over the course of my candidacy based on my interactions with voters and hearing their concerns. My first priority is voting rights. We need to augment and expand the Voting Rights Act in meaningful ways that protect people wanting to vote. We also have to address health care and health insurance issues plaguing our citizens and make true access to health care services without going bankrupt a priority. Finally, our district faces enormous pressure on our infrastructure, and I would work to bring federal resources to help aid in these challenges both in our highway system and by working with the county and municipalities to solve public transportation needs while respecting the differing desires of the various cities in our district.

Q. What else do you want constituents to know about you and your background?

A. This district is my home. Other than when I was earning my degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin and my law degree from South Texas College of Law-Houston, I’ve lived in this district my entire life. It is where my wife and I raise our three sons, and where my law firm and my startup business are based. From my deep roots in Collin County to my business background, I’ve spent my life building the knowledge and skills to listen to and represent the voters of this district. That’s why I’ll have regular town hall meetings and open office hours once elected to ensure that I stay connected with what’s going on here and that I keep hearing from my constituents, regardless of their political affiliation or belief system. This is a representative job, and it’s one I promise to represent you well in.
By Nicole Luna
Nicole Luna is the Senior Reporter for Frisco. She covers development, transportation, education, business and city government. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from The University of Texas at Arlington and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since June 2015.


plates of food
First Mad for Chicken in Texas now open in downtown McKinney

Soy-garlic fried chicken alongside pork belly strips, salads, kimchi fries, quesadillas and more are available.

McKinney completes over $3.17M in renovations at Cottonwood Park

A community party July 24 will highlight the more than $3.17 million invested in preserving and redeveloping McKinney's Cottonwood Park.

The city of McKinney established school zones for Emerson High School in a July 20 City Council meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
School zone established for Emerson High in Frisco ISD; 61% of residents in 3 Plano ZIP codes fully vaccinated, and more top news from DFW

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

McKinney supply for homes not meeting demand

Factors behind this market dynamic include a prepandemic interest in the Dallas-Fort Worth region that was exacerbated by the global health crisis.

Live music, beverage crawls and more things to do in McKinney this summer

Check out events to attend in McKinney from now through August.

map of school zones
McKinney establishes school zones for new Emerson High

Frisco ISD's 11th high school will open this fall in west McKinney.

Opioid abuse and the need for services addressing developmental disabilities are both on the rise in Collin County, LifePath Systems CEO Tammy Mahan told county commissioners on July 19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Collin County’s LifePath Systems sees rise in spending for opioid abuse, psychiatric beds

On treatment for opioid abuse, spending rose to $912,662 in 2020, which is up from $808,524 in 2019.

Suburban Yacht Club plans to open in Plano in August. (Courtesy Shannon McCarthy)
Suburban Yacht Club coming to Plano; Gidi Bar & Grill opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Pizza and wings will be offered at Barro's Pizza when the restaurant opens in McKinney this September. (Courtesy Barro's Pizza)
Barro's Pizza coming to McKinney; Murad Furniture opens in Richardson and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Billy G's Original hoagie at Guitars & Growlers comes with ham, salami, various veggies and oil & vinegar. (Courtesy Guitars & Growlers)
McKinney restaurant Guitars & Growlers fosters community through craft beer, music

Guitars & Growlers opened its first location in Richardson in 2017. Both locations serve local craft beer, ciders and root beer on tap, in addition to a full menu with items named after well-known musicians.

The city has tapped artist Guido van Helten to paint a community mural on the north face of the silos at the McKinney Mill building on the east side of McKinney. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
New mural to join growing collection in McKinney public spaces

The city has tapped Australian artist Guido van Helten to create a mural on the silos and grain elevator on across Hwy. 5 on the McKinney Mill building.