(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1512]
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                           HON. PETE SESSIONS

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

  Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize my dear friend 
and colleague, the Honorable Sam Johnson. He is this year's recipient 
of the Maurice Acers Champion of Free Enterprise Lifetime Achievement 
Award from the Texas Association of Business.
  Congressman Johnson has been a long time champion for the free 
enterprise system in America. After twenty-nine years of dedicated 
service in the United States Air Force, Congressman Johnson started a 
home-building business in North Dallas. He knows firsthand the 
challenges of starting a business and of the pride in building and 
maintaining something entirely of your own making. He has continued to 
advocate for the free enterprise system because he understands its 
importance. This notion of allowing individuals to make their own 
economic decisions and grasp the opportunities available in this 
country is the essence of the American entrepreneurial spirit. It spurs 
innovation, nurtures creativity, and led to the economic growth and 
development of our great Nation. Congressman Johnson's continued 
support for the free enterprise system speaks loudly of his belief in 
the individual and the tremendous potential each and every American 
  From a decorated military career to serving in the Texas House of 
Representatives and now proudly representing the 3rd Congressional 
District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman 
Johnson has devoted his life to public service. His life story is one 
that exemplifies the American Dream--that dedication, hard work, and 
perseverance can lead to great success. He has given his life to 
serving our country because he believes in a better tomorrow for the 
next generation.
  It is my great honor and privilege to congratulate my friend, 
Congressman Johnson, on receiving this prestigious award. Mr. Speaker, 
I ask my esteemed colleagues to join me in congratulating Congressman 
Johnson on this great honor, and I would like to take this time to 
thank him for his service.