A Legacy Of Resilence And Purpose: Trailblazing Former Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Dies At 88

by Gee NY

Former Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a trailblazer and dedicated public servant, passed away on Sunday, leaving a legacy of resilience and purpose.

Born in 1935 in Waco, Texas, Johnson, a former nurse, served nearly 30 years in Congress.

Johnson’s political career began as a Texas state lawmaker in 1972, representing a significant milestone as the first Black woman elected to state public office from Dallas.

In 1992, she made history again by becoming the first African American woman to chair the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Her son announced her passing in a Facebook post, and tributes from political leaders poured in. President Joe Biden praised Johnson’s dedication to the people of North Texas, emphasizing her iconic status and role as a mentor to generations of public servants.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who had the privilege of working alongside Johnson in the Congressional Black Caucus, acknowledged her tireless work and noted that Johnson’s legacy and leadership would resonate for generations.

Rep. Jasmine Crockett, who succeeded Johnson in representing her former district, expressed her grief on social media, emphasizing the impact of Johnson’s life’s work and pledging to continue uplifting her legacy.

Eddie Bernice Johnson’s contributions to politics, science, and public service have left an indelible mark, and her passing is mourned by colleagues, mentees, and the communities she served.

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