Trailblazing North Texas Politician Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Passing Elicits Overwhelming Reactions

The news of Eddie Bernice Johnson’s passing has sparked an outpouring of deference from politicians and public figures, who are honoring her 50-plus years of public service. Johnson, who dedicated 30 years of her life as a member of the U.S. Congress representing North Texas, passed away at the age of 89. Her family confirmed the news on Sunday, leading to an immediate response from those who wished to express their gratitude and admiration for the late congresswoman.

Among those who paid tribute to Johnson was U.S. Rep. Jasmine Crockett, whom Johnson had endorsed as her successor in Texas’ 30th congressional district. Crockett spoke highly of Johnson’s accomplishments, highlighting her trailblazing achievements as the first Black head nurse at the Dallas VA Hospital, one of the first Black women elected to the Texas House, the first nurse elected to Congress, and the first woman and African American to chair the Science, Space, & Technology Committee in the U.S. House. Crockett also emphasized Johnson’s dedication to improving the lives of the people she served, mentioning the investments and infrastructure projects she worked on, as well as her efforts to support STEM and research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Crockett shared her personal experience of being chosen by Johnson to run for Texas’ 30th district, expressing her surprise and gratitude for the opportunity. She acknowledged Johnson’s tireless work and unwavering commitment to public service, vowing to carry on her legacy and continue the important work she started. Crockett concluded her statement with a heartfelt farewell to Johnson, promising to fight for the foundation she laid during her 50 years of service.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson was also quick to express his sorrow at Johnson’s passing, describing her as a groundbreaking leader for the country, state, and city. He reminisced about their long-standing friendship, which began when he was in high school and Johnson had just entered Congress. The mayor praised Johnson’s accomplishments, highlighting her authorship and co-authorship of over 177 bills that became law, and her success in securing federal infrastructure funding for Dallas. He expressed his devastation at her passing and extended his thoughts and prayers to her family, while emphasizing the enduring legacy she leaves behind.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins echoed the sentiments expressed by Mayor Johnson, referring to Johnson as a true legend and a mentor. He praised her as a great friend who had brought billions of dollars in funds to the DFW area. Congressman Colin Allred, who represents Texas’ 32nd congressional district, also paid tribute to Johnson, describing her as a trailblazer and a leader. He emphasized the impact she had on his own career and credited her for opening doors for a new generation of Texans in public service. Allred acknowledged Johnson’s significant contributions to improving the VA, investing in transportation, fighting for civil rights, and passing the CHIPS Act to support high-tech manufacturing.

Congressman Marc Veasey, representing Texas’ 33rd congressional district, also mourned Johnson’s passing, referring to her as a trailblazer, friend, and mentor. He expressed his sadness at the loss and the impact it has on the North Texas community and the nation as a whole.

The passing of Eddie Bernice Johnson has left a void in the world of politics and public service. Her trailblazing achievements and dedication to improving the lives of those she served will be remembered and honored for years to come. The outpouring of gratitude and admiration from politicians and public figures is a testament to the profound impact she had on her community and beyond. Johnson’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations to strive for excellence and make a difference in the world.

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