Plano Rep. Sam Johnson to Retire in 2018

WASHINGTON -- War hero and long-serving Congressman Sam Johnson will retire in 2018, he announced Friday morning.Johnson, an Air Force veteran known for his time as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991. The Plano Republican is 86 years old.In a letter to his constituents on Friday, Johnson wrote “it has been a great honor to serve you and strive to be the kind of representative the people want, need and deserve.”Johnson said he reached the decision after much prayer, noting: “Scripture tells us ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.’ For me, the Lord has made clear that the season of my life in Congress is coming to an end.”Last December, congressional leaders dedicated a committee room in honor of the long-serving member of the House Ways and Means Committee.The lawmaker was also recognized last year with the first-ever Congressional Patriot Award from the Bipartisan Policy Center.This story is developing.   Continue reading...

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