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OGTV Honors Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson: A Black History Month Living Lengend. 

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is a living legend. She not only has recognized the plight of America’s need for STEM talent, but she has focused on leading a campaign within Congress to ensure that we retain and sustain appropriation from government, and relationships with the private sector to ensure that we
steadily increase the number of minority students to move into STEM fields.  As Black History Month comes to a close starting out with Loretta Lynch pending confirmation as the nation’s first woman US Attorney General, John Legend and Will .i. am, to Barrington Irving to Eddie Bernice Johnson.
Each one of our Black History Month stories have a long history of accomplishments and demonstrate a commitment to change the perception and impact reality with a unique and impressive sense of leadership.  Enjoy Part I of a II Part series of Eddie Bernice Johnson. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson was elected to her twelfth term to Congress with 88% of the vote from the 30th Congressional District of Texas.

Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

In December of 2010, Congresswoman Johnson was elected as the first African-American and the first female Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. From 2000 to 2002, she was the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. Within these roles, Congresswoman Johnson continues to emphasize the need to invest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

In addition to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, she is also a current member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She has served on this panel since being elected to Congress in 1992 making her the highest ranking Texas on the committee. She also serves on the Aviation Subcommittee, the Highways and Transit Subcommittee and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee.

First Committee Chairwoman

 In 2007, Congresswoman Johnson was appointed by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar (D-MN) to serve as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment during the 110th and 111th sessions of Congress. She was the first African-American and first female to chair the Subcommittee. While holding this position, Congresswoman Johnson co-authored and introduced the Water Resources Development Act. She successfully secured necessary votes, and led Congress in overriding President Bush’s veto of the legislation. The veto override was one of only three experienced by President Bush during the eight years of his presidency. The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment has jurisdiction over water conservation, pollution control, infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup among other items. 

Founder and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Innovation Caucus

Congresswoman Johnson is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Innovation Caucus and of the House Historical Black Colleges and Universities Caucus. She has also had the honor of serving as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 107th Congress, and currently co-chairs the Technology and Infrastructure Development Taskforce within the Congressional Black Caucus. In addition to these roles, she is a current member of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors.

 

Effective Legislator and Nurse.

Congresswoman Johnson is widely recognized as one of the most effective legislators in Congress.  She is credited with originally authoring and co-authoring more than 150 bills that were passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by the President. She also has a long-standing reputation for providing excellent constituent services to the people who elected her.

Congresswoman Johnson distinguished herself as a dynamic scholar soon after beginning her studies in nursing at Notre Dame University’s St. Mary’s College, School of Nursing. She passed the National Board Examination ahead of her scheduled graduation date and immediately started her career as a registered nurse in 1955. She later took advantage of expanded educational opportunities by enrolling in Texas Christian University, where she completed her studies for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Congresswoman Johnson went on to become the 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 eventually, the first nurse ever elected to the Texas State Senate and the United States Congress.

 This has been a 2015 "Get Lifted" and "Imagine That" Black History Month Moment. 

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