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Joint Center Mourns Loss of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Jan. 2, 2024
Contact: Chandra Hayslett,

Joint Center Mourns Loss of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

WASHINGTON – In response to the passing of former Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies issued the following statement:

“We mourn the loss of Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a true trailblazer in the House of Representatives and a dedicated public servant. As the first Black woman to be the chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, former state legislator, and first Black woman elected to office in Dallas, TX, she left her mark on history. Rep. Johnson vigorously worked to improve the lives of Black Americans nationwide and in the state of Texas. She was instrumental in the recent passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and CHIPS and Science Act, was a proponent in fighting climate change, and built a strong rapport with the Joint Center, further exemplifying her tireless advocacy over her 30 years in Congress,” said Interim President and VP, Policy Jessica Fulton.

Fulton continued: “As a dear friend of the Joint Center, Rep. Johnson presented a resolution to the Joint Center for our 50th anniversary recognizing our relevancy and reaffirmed the House’s commitment to working with us. Her commitment to Black priorities, including equity in technological advancements and economic development, were inspirational and impactful. We are beyond grateful for her commitment to public service and dedication to advancing the needs of Black communities. We mourn her loss with her family, colleagues, and former district.”

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