“Being a member of the LGBTQ community has allowed me to speak from a personal level on legislation that impacts us,” State Representative Ann Johnson tells GO. “It is important to have representation of all communities at every level of government.” Johnson, a teacher, small business owner, and attorney, was elected to represent Texas House District 134 in November, defeating the Republican incumbent. She is a former chief human trafficking prosecutor, and as an attorney, represents victims of sexual exploitation and those who cannot afford a lawyer; one of her cases went to the Texas Supreme Court and resulted in the creation of a framework to protect minors who are victims of human trafficking. “I ran for State Representative to continue my fight for the vulnerable and was proud to fight this session against the attacks we saw on our democracy, our trans community, and access to abortion,” she says. She was honored to earn Texas House Democratic Caucus Freshman of the Year as well as the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus Freshman of the Year for her outstanding efforts. She lives with her wife, Sonya, and their three rescue dogs. —NT
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