Eddie Bernice Johnson (born December 3, 1935) is a politician from the state of Texas, currently representing the state's 30th Congressional district (map) in the U.S. House.
Johnson was born in Waco, Texas. A psychiatric nurse and psychotherapist, Congresswoman Johnson was educated in nursing at Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame, Ind., 1955; B.S., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Tex., 1967; M.P.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex., 1976;
She was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1972. She was an administrator for the U.S.Department of Health, Education and Welfare from 1977 to 1981. She was elected to the Texas State Senate in 1986. As a state senator, she was on the redistricting committee where she was instramental in shaping the district she represents. She was subsequently elected to the House of Representatives in 1992.
The 17th Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, she was a leading voice in opposition to the AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAQ RESOLUTION OF 2002. During debate on the house floor, she stated "I am not convinced that giving the President the authority to launch a unilateral, first-strike attack on Iraq is the appropriate course of action at this time. While I believe that under international law and under the authority of our Constitution, the United States must maintain the option to act in its own self-defense, I strongly believe that the administration has not provided evidence of an imminent threat of attack on the United States that would justify a unilateral strike. I also believe that actions alone, without exhausting peaceful options, could seriously harm global support for our war on terrorism and distract our own resources from this cause."
Preceded by: None United States House of Representatives, Texas District 30 1993-present Incumbent Preceded by: Oscar Mauzy Texas Senate, District 22 1987-1993 Succeeded by: Royce West Texas Congressional Delegation currently serving in the United States Congress Senators : Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), John Cornyn (R) Representative(s) : Louie Gohmert (R), Ted Poe (R), Sam Johnson (R), Ralph Hall (R), Jeb Hensarling (R), Joe Barton (R), John Culberson (R), Kevin Brady (R), Al Green (D), Michael McCaul (R), Mike Conaway (R), Kay Granger (R), Mac Thornberry (R), Ron Paul (R), RubĂ©n Hinojosa (D), Silvestre Reyes (D), Chet Edwards (D), Sheila Jackson Lee (D), Randy Neugebauer (R), Charlie Gonzalez (D), Lamar S. Smith (R), Tom DeLay (R), Henry Bonilla (R), Kenny Marchant (R), Lloyd Doggett (D), Michael C. Burgess (R), Solomon P. Ortiz (D), Henry Cuellar (D), Gene Green (D), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D), John Carter (R), Pete Sessions (R) Current Delegation: AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME