Flores Statement on the Passing of Sam Johnson

U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Texas Congressman Sam Johnson:

“Yesterday the world lost a true American hero and selfless servant with the passing of Sam Johnson.  Sam was an inspiration to me and millions of others through his lifetime commitment to serving our country.  As an Air Force pilot, he flew nearly 100 combat missions in Korea and Vietnam.  While flying a mission in 1966, he was shot down and was a prisoner of war at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” in Vietnam for seven years, including spending 42 months in solitary confinement.  This experience strengthened his faith and resolve, and upon returning home, Sam continued his commitment to public service, serving in both the Texas state legislature and the United States House of Representatives for 27 years.  While in Congress, he was a strong, conservative voice, respected by Members in both parties, and always willing to give guidance and support to anyone who needed it.  He was especially helpful to me when I ran for and was elected Chairman of the Republican Study Committee in 2014, 20 years after he helped re-establish the group.  Gina and I are saddened by the loss of a friend and mentor, and our prayers are with the entire Johnson family.”

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