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Monday, February 23, 2015
Dem Congresswoman Hires Convicted Felon
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In January, a Democratic congresswoman from Texas hired a convicted felon who spent a year in prison for her role in a public corruption scandal.
The congresswoman’s office does not want to talk about it.
Congressional information service Legistormreported that Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has hired former Democratic Texas state representative Terri Hodge for a position in her Dallas office.
Terri Hodge served for more than a decade in the Texas House before her 2010 conviction for lying on her tax returns in connection with a public corruption investigation. Hodge received a one-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of fraud and now serves as Johnson’s district outreach consultant.
Johnson’s communications director, Yinka Robinson, declined to comment on the hire citing a policy of not publicly discussing personnel matters.
Prosecutors said Hodge failed to report income of more than $40,000, some of it from campaign contributions, over the course of several years. Additionally, a developer paid expenses for a Dallas-area house Hodge owned and in return she allegedly wrote letters to help him get tax credits for low-income housing projects.
Hodge reportedly did work for Johnson’s reelection campaign.