Hank Johnson first attended the Clarke College in Atlanta, Georgia. After a subsequent law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and the Texas Southern University in Houston, and his admission to the bar he began in 1979 to work in Decatur in his new profession. Between 1989 and 2001 he also worked as a judge at the Court of Magistrates.
Politically, Johnson was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 2001 and 2006 he was a member of the County Council ( Board of Commissioners ) in DeKalb County. In the congressional elections of 2006, he was elected in the fourth electoral district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Cynthia McKinney on January 3, 2007. After he has been re-elected in all subsequent elections, including in 2010, he may exercise his mandate in Congress today. His current term of office runs until January 3, 2013. Johnson was an opponent of the Iraq war. He is a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the Armed Services Committee and the Judiciary Committee and several subcommittees.
He is married and has two children. Privately, he lives with his family in Lithionia. For years, Hank Johnson suffers from hepatitis C disease, which causes problems for him.