Roe made the following remarks on the House floor to recognize the city’s 150th anniversary:
Today, I rise to celebrate and pay tribute to my hometown of Johnson City, Tennessee for its sesquicentennial. In 1856, entrepreneur Henry Johnson opened a railroad station and a commercial business, Johnson’s Depot; and just 13 years later in 1869, Johnson City was founded, holding its first election on January 3, 1870, when voters elected Mr. Johnson as the city’s first mayor.
Today, Johnson City boasts a diverse economy, attracting national and regional companies, while also supporting countless small business owners.
The city is home to three major hospitals; to the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, which serves more than 170,000 veterans; and to East Tennessee State University, recognized for the highly regarded Quillen College of Medicine and Gatton College of Pharmacy.
The city has become a thriving community for more than 66,000 residents, and I look forward to what’s in store for Johnson City over the next 150 years. I ask for unanimous consent to submit a more complete statement on Johnson City’s history into the record.