Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is serving her 14th term in the United States House of Representatives, representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas. She is the first African American and woman to chair the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and is a senior member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She is the first registered nurse elected to the U.S. Congress. Congresswoman Johnson is widely recognized as one of the most effective legislators in Congress, credited with authoring and co-authoring more than 177 bills passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by the President.
Congresswoman Johnson began her career as the first female African American Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the Dallas VA Medical Center. In 1972, she became the first registered nurse ever elected to the Texas State House, and she achieved that that same distinction upon her election to the Texas Senate in 1986.
Congresswoman Johnson has a reputation as a stateswoman who works with both parties to get things done – a reputation earned during her more than 40 years in public office. She has a long-standing reputation for providing excellent constituent services to the people who elect her. She is the founder of the Diversity & Innovation Caucus, the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, and co-chair of the Congressional Lupus Caucus. Her acclaimed initiative, A World of Women for World Peace, has gained national and international recognition.