Fun facts


After posting on 70 Sheephill Road and mentioning Congressman Hank Johnson’s infamous questioning the stability of Guam if 8,000 additional military personnel were brought ashore, I thought to check to see whether the gentlemen is still helping run our country. Indeed he is, and I found these two related points of interest in Wikipedia. Taken together, they neatly sum up our Congress.

In 2014, Johnson was named the 18th most effective Democrat in the 112th Congress [out of 204 Democratic members] according to a new study by Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia (UVA).[38] He was also ranked higher than any of his Republican colleagues from Georgia. The study judged effectiveness by looking at a lawmaker's "proven ability to advance a member's agenda items through the legislative process and into law." The scorecard looked at the number of bills a member introduced or sponsored; the significance of the bills; and how far each made it in the legislative process.[39]

On October 5, 2014 The Washingtonian published their 15th biennial "Best & Worst of Congress" list. Rep. Johnson was voted "Worst Speaker" and "Most Clueless" by congressional staffers.[40]

The fact that this man has been repeatedly returned to Congress offers a powerful argument for redistricting.