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Gay-friendly Ga. congressman to lead progressive charge in U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Atlanta) has been elected the Progressive Caucus Whip for the 112th Congress, according to a press release issued by Johnson’s office.

Rep. Hank Johnson takes leadership role in Progressive Caucus
Rep. Hank Johnson (official photo)

“I’m ready for the battles ahead,” said Johnson. “We won’t shy away from a fight and I’m honored to help lead the progressive charge.”

Johnson won reelection against Republican Liz Carter in November.  Carter was endorsed by the gay Log Cabin Republicans.

Johnson received a 95 on the last Human Rights Campaign scorecard, which tracks politicians' votes on LGBT issues. He has been a vocal supporter of LGBT issues during his time in Congress.