Longtime Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson dies at 88
Longtime U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a Democrat from Texas who served the 30th Congressional District for 30 years, died on December 31. She was 88.
Her son D. Kirk Johnson posted the news on Facebook, stating "I am heartbroken to share the news that my mother, Eddie Bernice Johnson, has passed away. She was a remarkable and loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother, as well as a trailblazer and public servant. While we mourn the loss of an extraordinary woman, we celebrate her life and legacy. She will be deeply missed. Funeral services are pending."
The Congresswoman's death drew statements from local and national political leaders including President Joe Biden, who praised her "immense courage" and called her "an icon and mentor to generations of public servants, through whom her legacy of resilience and purpose will endure."
DART Board of Directors Chair Gary A. Slagel called her "an invaluable advocate for and partner to DART since her time as a Texas State Representative in 1972," while DART president & CEO Nadine S. Lee said that "DART was extremely fortunate to have her as our champion in the U.S. House of Representatives during most of the agency’s history."
Johnson assisted in helping DART win several funding grant agreements for the Red Line, Blue Line, and Green Line as they created and expanded the light rail system, as well as a $60 million grant that went towards the Platform Extensions Project, allowing DART to increase passenger loads on their busiest and oldest light rail lines.
Prior to Congress, she served in the Texas legislature. She retired in January 2023, and was succeeded by State Rep. Jasmine Crockett.