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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-8885

Address: 2468 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (214) 922-8885

Address: 3102 Maple Avenue, Dallas TX 75201-1236

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Eddie Bernice Johnson Biography
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  • Elected: 1992, 11th term.
  • District: Texas 30
  • Born: Dec. 03, 1935, Waco
  • Home: Dallas
  • Education:

    St. Mary's at Notre Dame, B.A. 1955, TX Christian U., B.S. 1967, S. Methodist U., M.P.A. 1976

  • Professional Career:

    Registered nurse; Regional dir., U.S. Dept. of HEW, 1977–80; Mgmt. consultant, Sammons Corp., 1979–81; Owner, Eddie Bernice Johnson & Assoc.

  • Political Career:

    TX House, 1972–1977; TX Senate, 1986–92.

  • Ethnicity: Black/African American
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Divorced; 1 children

Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat first elected in 1992, is a revered figure in Dallas politics, having spent four decades advocating for the city. Some of her younger rivals and The Dallas Morning News’ editorial page have suggested it’s time for her to step aside, but she remains a potent political force. Read More

Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat first elected in 1992, is a revered figure in Dallas politics, having spent four decades advocating for the city. Some of her younger rivals and The Dallas Morning News’ editorial page have suggested it’s time for her to step aside, but she remains a potent political force.

Johnson grew up in Texas, graduated from Texas Christian University with a nursing degree, and later got a master’s degree in public administration at Southern Methodist University. She worked at St. Paul Hospital and was the chief psychiatric nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas. She told The Morning News in 1987 that she first got interested in politics in the early 1960s, when she went to buy a new hat and was shocked to learn that blacks in the city weren’t allowed to try on such headgear. She organized a boycott of the store. In 1972, she was elected to the Texas House, the first black woman elected to the legislature from Dallas. She became a regional director of the old Health, Education and Welfare Department under Democratic President Jimmy Carter. She was elected to the Texas Senate in 1986. As the Senate’s Redistricting Committee chairman in 1991, she was instrumental in creating the new 30th District, and she went on to win the Democratic primary with 92% of the vote.

In the House, Johnson—known by her initials “EBJ”—has a mostly liberal voting record. A former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, she was more supportive of President Barack Obama in 2009 than other caucus members critical of his efforts for low-income and unemployed blacks. She has been attentive to business interests in Dallas, though her lifetime voting score from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is among the Texas House delegation’s lowest. Johnson once pledged to labor unions to oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement, but she changed her mind and voted for it in 1993. Dallas probably exports more to Mexico than any other American city, and many jobs depend on those exports. Johnson also sided with business on normalizing trade relations with China.

Johnson became the ranking Democrat on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee in 2011. She has joined others in her party in lambasting Republican cuts in science funding while seeking to encourage more students to enter science- and technology-related fields. She shared credit for passing the Networking and Information Research and Development Act to double funding for information research. As a health-care professional, she takes an interest in minority health issues.

On the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Johnson has worked to secure funds for construction of the Interstate 30 suspension bridge over the Trinity River that opened in 2012, and she continues to support Trinity River projects. The $2.5 billion Trinity River Corridor project, in the works for decades and including three new suspension bridges, is moving toward reality. She also has sought to address the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s mass transit needs to alleviate traffic congestion.

Johnson generally has sailed to reelection. But in the months before the 2010 election, the Morning News reported that she had awarded college scholarships to four relatives and the two children of a top aide who otherwise would have been ineligible under the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s guidelines. Johnson said she had not been familiar with the rules and agreed to repay the foundation. But the scandal provided an opening for her Republican challenger, minister Stephen Broden. The newspaper endorsed Broden and rebuked Johnson for being among the South Dallas leaders “who treat their districts as if they were their fiefdoms.” But whatever chance Broden may have had for an upset vanished a few weeks later, when he told a television interviewer that an armed overthrow of the federal government is “on the table.” Johnson chalked up another landslide, 76%-22%.

Two years later, Johnson faced two young Democratic challengers in attorney Taj Clayton and state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway, who avoided criticizing Johnson directly but made clear their belief that the district needed fresh representation. The Morning News endorsed Clayton this time, saying Johnson “once had what it takes, but now it’s time for new leadership.” But the normally even-keeled Johnson ripped into both of her opponents, calling Clayton a stooge for Republicans. She won the primary with ease, reaping 70% to Caraway’s 18% and Clayton’s 12%, and coasted to another reelection.

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Eddie Bernice Johnson Election Results
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2012 General
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)
Votes: 171,059
Percent: 78.82%
Travis Washington (R)
Votes: 41,222
Percent: 19.0%
Ed Rankin (Lib)
Votes: 4,733
Percent: 2.18%
2012 Primary
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)
Votes: 23,346
Percent: 70.06%
Barbara Caraway (D)
Votes: 5,996
Percent: 17.99%
Taj Clayton (D)
Votes: 3,981
Percent: 11.95%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (76%), 2008 (82%), 2006 (80%), 2004 (93%), 2002 (74%), 2000 (92%), 1998 (72%), 1996 (55%), 1994 (73%), 1992 (72%)
Eddie Bernice Johnson Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 88 (L) : 12 (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 68 (L) : 32 (C)
Social 79 (L) : 16 (C) 75 (L) : 24 (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 69 (L) : 29 (C) 66 (L) : 33 (C) 76 (L) : 24 (C)
Composite 79.8 (L) : 20.2 (C) 78.8 (L) : 21.2 (C) 78.0 (L) : 22.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV8986
CFG1418
ITIC-67
NTU1413
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COC38-
ACLU-100
ACU44
ADA9590
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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