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Eddie Bernice Johnson Retiring After 30 Years

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) delivers remarks during an event honoring NASA's "Hidden Figures," black women mathematicians who helped the United States' space program in Statuary Hall at the US Capitol March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. | Image by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

Longtime Democratic Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, 86, is retiring at the end of this year. Johnson, who represents the 30th Congressional District, has served for 30 years.

An unveiling ceremony for Johnson’s official portrait was held in the House Science Committee room on Capitol Hill on November 17 to pay tribute to Johnson and her achievements. Her two great-granddaughters unveiled the portrait.

In January 2019, Johnson became the first African-American woman to chair the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Her portrait will hang alongside previous lawmakers who have chaired the committee.

Johnson became the first nurse elected to the Texas House in 1972, Texas Senate in 1986, and Congress in 1992.

She helped pass legislation such as the Wright Amendment of 1979, which ended flight restrictions at Dallas Love, and a law to move a flood control area in Arlington to make room for AT&T Stadium.

“I am proud of my record,” Johnson said. “I am proud of the things I’ve been able to help our entire area and our entire state achieve.

Johnson was surrounded by family, members of Congress, and other supporters, who congratulated her and praised her work and achievements.

“You’ve made this nation better. You’ve made our state better, and you certainly made Dallas-Fort Worth a stronger region,” said North Texas business leader Ross Perot Jr., who was the primary donor for the portrait, according to CBS News.

“She will go down in history as being the single most effective legislator in the history of the state of Texas for bringing home infrastructure and resources to North Texas. She’s just been uber effective,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson after the ceremony, according to Dallas Morning News.

Johnson also received a plaque sent by President Joe Biden commemorating the CHIPS and Sciences Act she helped pass to boost semiconductor chip production in the U.S.

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David
David
2 months ago

Term Limits!
As far as being the single most effective legislator in Texas,…well thats more of joke than reality.

Last edited 2 months ago by David
Liz James
Liz James
Reply to  David
2 months ago

Term limits and transparency of spending of every legislative bill with published accounting.
Obamacare…..
I have not seen any real effort for patient ratios for nurses, stoping foreign nurses to be allowed with work visas for many years per hospital lobbyists or national legislation against harming or murdering healthcare workers. She was VA psychiatric registered nurse and few constructive changes or corrections were made to VA Administration in her 30 years.

RiverKing
RiverKing
Reply to  David
2 months ago

Single most embarrassing Texas legislator would be more accurate although Sheila Jackson Lee (TX18) might be a contender for that honor.

retta
retta
2 months ago

It’s about time. IMO. she was not very effective on many key issues. Her Numbers USA grade is F-.

Tommy
Tommy
2 months ago

All I can say is Good Riddance’s

ron
ron
2 months ago

Term Limits need to be in place and she should have been gone years ago

kevin
kevin
2 months ago

Every time, I heard news of her voting record made me anxious for the next election that I hoped she’d lose. That election outcome never came, but I will enthusiastically welcome this event of her long overdue exit. Good riddence to one less anti-liberty socialist.