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Sam Johnson (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 10/11/1930 (San Antonio, TX)
Race: White
Religion: Methodist
Residence: Plano, TX
Education: Undergraduate degree in business from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Graduate degree in international affairs from George Washington University, Washington, DC
Occupation: Home Builder
Office Type: U.S. House -- Texas District 3 

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Sam Johnson was born in San Antonio, Texas, and lives in Plano, Texas.

He grew up in Dallas and attended Woodrow Wilson High School. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in business and earned a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University in 1974.

He served as a fighter pilot in Korea and Vietnam. He was shot down over North Vietnam in 1966 and was a POW in Hanoi for seven years.

During his 29 years in the United States Air Force he served as director of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School. He has been awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Air Medals, two Purple Hearts and three Outstanding Unit Awards.

After retiring from the Air Force in 1979, he started a home building company. He served in the Texas House of Representatives 1985-1991. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1991.

Johnson and his wife, Shirley L. Melton, have three children and ten grandchildren.

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Sam Johnson was elected to the Texas House in 1984 and served seven consecutive terms.

Johnson defeated Republican Tom Paukin in a 1991 special election to replace Rep. Steve Bartlett who resigned his U.S. House seat to run for mayor of Dallas. Johnson won 53 percent of the vote.

He was elected to full terms in 1992 and 1994 with no major party opposition. He was re-elected in 1996 with 73 percent of the vote against Democrat Lee Cole. Johnson was re-elected in 1998 without major party opposition. He was re-elected in 2000 with 72 percent of the vote.

In 2002 he won re-election with 74 percent of the vote. In 2004, he beat a primary challenger with 84 percent of the vote and has no opposition in the general election.

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