WHO IS EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON?
Congresswoman Johnson studied nursing at St. Mary’s College at the University of Notre Dame and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University in 1967. Johnson was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972 and became the first woman in Texas history to lead a major Texas House committee, the Labor Committee. She was recognized and appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as regional director of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1977. In 1986, she was elected a Texas state senator, becoming the first African-American female from the Dallas area to hold this office since Reconstruction. She is now in her eighth term representing the citizens of the Thirtieth Congressional District of Texas.