McKINNEY – Senator Ken Paxton, Representative Jeff Leach and the Texas Department of Transportation will host the official ceremonial event honoring United States Congressman Sam Johnson in a community celebration for the newly renamed "Sam Johnson Highway."
The event will take place on Monday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Living Legends Conference Center of Collin College located at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 9 a.m.
Renaming Highway 75 is a way to honor Collin County's highly decorated American hero and United States Congressman Sam Johnson. Having served in the United States Air Force for 29 years, Johnson flew combat missions over Korea and Vietnam. During his second tour and 25th mission over North Vietnam, Johnson was shot down by enemy fire and held captive as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi for nearly seven years, spending more than half of that time in solitary confinement.
Upon returning home to Texas and reuniting with his wife and three children, Johnson started a homebuilding business in Plano and was soon after elected to represent Collin County in the Texas House of Representatives. Following his tenure at the Texas House, Johnson was elected to the United States Congress, where he currently serves in the powerful Ways & Means Committee and sits as Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee. His unwavering commitment to freedom, free enterprise and American family values continue to drive his efforts in Washington.
“Serving our great country has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," said Congressman Johnson. "North Texas is home to many American patriots and this recognition is not only for my service, but also for theirs. I humbly thank Senator Paxton and Representative Leach for this tremendous honor.”
In recognition of Congressman Johnson’s lifelong commitment to the North Texas community and love of country, Senator Paxton and Representative Leach passed legislation during the 83rd Legislative Session (House Bill 1534) which directs, through private funding, the renaming of Highway 75, the "Sam Johnson Highway," along the corridor between the intersections of the President George Bush Turnpike and U.S. Highway 380.
Senator Ken Paxton, who served as the Senate sponsor for House Bill 1534, stated, “Congressman Johnson’s name will forever be ingrained in Collin County as a result of the passage of House Bill 1534, and I am so honored to be a part of this legacy.”
Representative Leach, who served as the author of House Bill 1534, stated, "Having endured so much for our country, Congressman Johnson truly personifies the meaning of an American patriot and it is a tremendous honor to take part in this effort."