Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Statement on Passing of Rep. Sam Johnson's Wife, Shirley

December 3, 2015
Press Release

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) today issued the following statement after learning of the passing of Rep. Sam Johnson’s (R-TX) wife, Shirley:

“This morning, we lost Shirley Johnson, the wife of our hero and colleague, Sam.  They were high school sweethearts.  The entire seven years Sam was a prisoner of war in Hanoi, Shirley kept a seat at the family dinner table for Sam. Sam came home, broken and battered.  He worried how his family would react.  But, led by Shirley, Sam was swarmed with love. Shirley is now in the heavens - the Texas skies are as big and bright as ever. My prayers to Sam and the entire Johnson family during this difficult time.”


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