This just in, Rep. Hank Johnson has been elected the Progressive Caucus Whip.

Here’s the press release.

Contact:  Andy Phelan (404-593-9126)

December 6, 2010

Rep. Hank Johnson elected Progressive Caucus whip

Congressman Johnson: “I’m ready for the battles ahead”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson, who represents Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District, was elected whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) for the 112th Congress.

The CPC’s 83 members are committed to the principles of social and economic justice, a non-discriminatory society, and national priorities that represent the interests of all people, not just the wealthy and powerful.

As CPC whip, Congressman Johnson will be responsible for ensuring caucus unity as progressives in Congress hold the line against the agenda of the incoming Republican majority.

“I’m ready for the battles ahead,” said Johnson.  “We won’t shy away from a fight, and I’m honored to help lead the progressive charge.”

Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota were elected CPC co-chairs.

“The Progressive Caucus is going to be on the front lines of every political fight looking out for the American people’s interests, and we need the right people in place to get the job done,” Rep. Grijalva said.

“Hank Johnson is a good man, a smart negotiator and a strong progressive voice in Congress, and he’s going to be a tremendous asset. As we work not only to defeat the Republican agenda but to bring fresh ideas to the table and give the voters real choices, Rep. Johnson is going to play a key role in getting support for those fresh ideas. I’m glad to be working with him and very much look forward to the next two years.”

Johnson said his current focus is expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

“The federal government is investing in economic recovery and fighting two wars,” said Johnson. “We can’t afford $700 billion of tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.”

With Congressman Johnson’s support, the House of Representatives passed tax cuts for middle-income Americans on Dec. 2.

Johnson served as Regional Whip for the southeast region in the 111th Congress.


4 Responses to Congratulations Congressman Johnson!

  1. velville in decatur says:

    This is gratifying given his illnesses.

    Perhaps he can keep Guam from capsizing after all.

  2. Tim Cairl says: