Alumni Profile

Eric Johnson
Congressman, Texas House of Representatives
MPA, Class of 2003
Eric Johnson serves in the Texas House of Representatives, and has served in two legislative sessions since he won a special election in April, 2010. Johnson received his undergraduate degree in history from Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude. He then went on to earn a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania while acquiring his MPA at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Johnson has received many recognitions for his work in the Texas legislature, including the first ever "Courage in Public Service Award" from the Dallas Regional Chamber. He has demonstrated his dedication to education in his community by starting a mentorship program and attending career fairs in his district. He currently sits on five Texas House Committees, and serves as vice chairman of two: the Natural Resources Committee and the General Investigating and Ethics Committee. His legislative achievements include joint-authoring landmark water legislation that paves the way for a secure water supply in Texas for generations to come. On the national level, Johnson serves as a member of the executive committee of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), as well as chairman of the NBCSL Business, Financial Services, and Insurance Committee. Johnson lives with his wife, Nakita, in Dallas.