Longtime Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Dies at 88: Legacy and Contributions Remembered

Eddie Bernice Johnson, the trailblazing congresswoman known for her dedication to public service and groundbreaking achievements, passes away at 88. Her legacy in Texas politics, healthcare, education, and more leaves an indelible mark on the nation.

Eddie Bernice Johnson, the esteemed and long-serving congresswoman representing Dallas, has passed away at the age of 88, leaving behind a legacy of groundbreaking achievements and dedicated public service.

Renowned for her unwavering commitment to her constituents and the American people, Johnson made history in Texas politics. In 1972, she became the first Black woman elected to public office in Dallas, securing a seat in the Texas House. Her milestones continued as she became the first woman to lead the Texas House Labor Committee, breaking barriers as the first woman in state history to head a major House committee.

Her impactful journey extended beyond state lines. Appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, she became the first Black woman to serve as a regional director for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Johnson’s dedication and accomplishments were not confined to Texas politics. Serving from 1993 to January 2023, she represented Texas’ 30th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Notably, she was the first registered nurse to hold a seat in Congress.

Throughout her tenure, Johnson championed critical issues spanning healthcare, STEAM, transportation, and education. Her contributions paved the way for future leaders, leaving an enduring mark on the nation.

In 2021, Johnson announced her decision not to seek re-election, endorsing her eventual successor, Rep. Jasmine Crockett. Crockett expressed determination to honor Johnson’s legacy, acknowledging her guidance and commitment to public service.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson mourned the loss, recognizing Johnson’s groundbreaking leadership and profound impact on the nation, praising her as a legendary American. Eddie Bernice Johnson is remembered not only for her trailblazing career but also for her warmth and dedication as a remarkable mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come.


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