Dragon Ball Z Composer Elected To Texas State Senate

Not Nathan Johnson
Not Nathan Johnson

Anime fans might know Nathan Johnson for his work composing the score to a bunch of Dragon Ball Z episodes and movie dubs, but yesterday he put a very different feather in his cap: he was elected a state Senator in Texas.

Nathan Johnson, Texas State Senator
Nathan Johnson, Texas State Senator

Johnson, a Democrat, won 54% of the vote to beat out the incumbent, Republican Don Huffines. It’s not like he just suddenly jumped into office from composing—he’s a lawyer by trade—but this is still one of the coolest bio points in American politics.


“I’m feeling really excited about going to Austin with a much better legislative environment,” Johnson told The Texas Tribune following his victory. “Everything we tried to do and hope would happen, happened. We had a surge of turnout in disillusioned Democrats and success with winning moderate Republicans. I think that’s what put us over.”

That and some battle music.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Yeah, I am bummed that Texas has to endure six more years of Ted Cruz, and Georgia and Florida elected some tv supervillains, but hey, this is pretty cool and hopeful.