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Eddie Bernice JOHNSON

Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives - Ranking Member, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
United States of America

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is currently serving her 11th term in the U.S. Congress representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas.

Congresswoman Johnson was elected as the first African-American and the first female Ranking Member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in December 2010. Under her stewardship, the Committee Minority has worked on issues such as improving federal water research, supporting advanced manufacturing initiatives, promoting the development of national forensic science research, and reauthorizing NASA and the America Competes Act. Ranking Member Johnson also tirelessly emphasizes the need to invest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)education. She has also consistently supported legislation that broadens the impact of STEM programs across diverse populations, including underrepresented minority groups.

Congresswoman Johnson is widely recognized as one of the most effective legislators in Congress. She is credited with originally authoring and co-authoring more than 150 bills that were passed by the House and Senate and signed into law. She also has a long-standing reputation for providing excellent constituent services. Her district office in downtown Dallas specializes in working with all federal departments and agencies to assist constituents in solving a wide range of individual problems.

Congresswoman Johnson studied nursing at St. Mary's College at the University of Notre Dame. She later became Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the VA Hospital in Dallas and received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University in 1967. She received a master's degree in public administration from Southern Methodist University in 1976. Congresswoman Johnson is the first nurse to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

Congresswoman Johnson is the proud mother of her son, Kirk, and of her three grandsons, Kirk Jr., David, and James.

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