Ann is a former chief human trafficking prosecutor, teacher and small business owner who works in our criminal justice system as an attorney for many who cannot afford a lawyer.
A native of Houston, Ann is the youngest child of Hon. Jake Johnson, a former Texas State Representative, and the Hon. Carolyn Marks Johnson, senior retired District Judge. She earned her BA at University of Texas, and her law degree from South Texas College of Law. She is an accomplished trial and appellate counsel, having spent many years in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and in private practice. She’s a nationally recognized Human Trafficking Expert, and has provided testimony before the United States Congress as well as training to Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement officers and the Judiciary.
Ann has a long history of standing up for the most vulnerable in our community. When told a righteous challenge doesn’t stand a chance, she just works harder to bring people together to reach the right result. She has successfully taken on the system by reaching across the aisle and breaking down old barriers to create common sense solutions for victims of human trafficking. She knows penny-wise and pound foolish decisions for political gain end up costing the rest of us in the long run.
Ann knows we can do better and promises to lead with an eye on the collective future, not her next election. Ann married her partner Sonya as soon as the law allowed. They have 3 rescue dogs and lots of wonderful nieces and nephews.
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Women’s Reproductive Rights
Ann will fight to affirmatively advance legislation that will protect reproductive rights and fully fund the community-based clinics and providers who are on the front lines in providing the care women and their families need and deserve.
Ann will fight to pass sensible gun legislation including stronger background checks, extreme protection orders and prohibitions on guns in schools.
Ann will be a steadfast advocate to increase state funding for our public schools —including increasing teacher and support staff compensation, reducing class sizes, and reducing the burden on counties to offset the lack of state funding.
Ann will lead the effort to mitigate damage from, and prepare for, future floods and hurricanes – including major new investments in renewable energy to help us fight climate change.
Ann will be a champion for reforms to end partisan gerrymandering so that voters in Texas will finally choose their representatives instead of representatives choosing their voters.
“We recommend Ann Johnson in Democratic primary for House District 134” – Houston Chronicle Editorial
“Texas Sees a Rainbow Wave in Democratic Primary” – The Advocate
“Ann Johnson Runs for Texas State House District 134” – Outsmart
Democrats need 9 seats in the Texas House to gain majority. That might seem like a lot, but it’s not – there are 150 seats in the chamber. Democrats gained 12 seats in the House in 2018, the biggest shift in the House since Republicans stormed through in 2010. Momentum is now on our side.
There are 9 House seats currently held by a Republican, where Beto O’Rourke won in 2018 (in some cases by as much as 60%). Even if we just won those seats, we could flip the chamber. There are other great pickup opportunities too, including in suburban areas where Democrats narrowly lost state house seats in 2018.
Texas is currently a Republican trifecta. Winning this chamber will break the trifecta and provide Democrats with a critical seat at the table for redistricting, so that Republicans cannot repeat the horrible gerrymandering that has kept them locked in to power for decades.
These are ‘last chance’ races: whoever is elected in 2020 will draw the next round of district lines.