Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is now in her 15th term of representing Texas’ 30th Congressional District--her 25thyear in Congress. She is the first nurse to serve as a member of the United States Congress. Honorable EBJ, as she is affectionately called by the NAFEO Nation, is the first African-American and woman to chair the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and the highest-ranking Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
She is the Dean of the Texas congressional delegation. She is our Minority Health Maven!
Congresswoman Johnson began her career as the first female African-American Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas. In 1972, she became the first nurse ever elected to the Texas State House and achieved that that same distinction upon her election to the Texas Senate in 1986. From 2011 to 2018, she served as the Science, Space and Technology Committee’s first African-American and first female Ranking Member.
Congresswoman Johnson has authored and co-authored more than 177 bills that were passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by the President. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s imprimatur is on most every major Twenty- and Twenty-first Century law passed by Congress creating greater opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in health professions and STEMM. It is safe to say that “but for” EBJ, health disparities and the White/ Black/Hispanic, LatinX/ Native Persons health professionals gaps would be tremendously greater than they are. Said Congresswoman Johnson:
“One of the highest callings of Congress is to properly provide for the health and wellbeing of the American people. As a non-practicing registered nurse, providing the most advanced, efficient, and affordable healthcare possible for our community has always been a priority of mine. In my twenty-five years in Congress, I have used my professional experience in the medical field to expand access to quality healthcare for all Americans.”