Vice President Harris on Monday lauded the late Texas Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson, the primary registered nurse elected to the Home of Representatives, who died Sunday at age 88.
“Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson was a visionary, a pioneer, and a fighter,” Harris wrote in a statement.
Harris — the primary lady, first Black particular person and first Indian American elected to the vice presidency — recounted Johnson’s firsts, as somebody who “witnessed and skilled the profound results of segregation and determined she wouldn’t keep on the sidelines within the battle for justice.”
Johnson was the primary Black chief psychiatric nurse on the Dallas Veterans Affairs Hospital, the primary Black lady elected to public workplace in Dallas, the primary Black particular person to characterize Dallas in Congress, the primary registered nurse elected to the Home and the primary particular person of colour and first lady to chair the Home Science, Area, and Know-how Committee.
Johnson, who was born in 1935, was elected to the Texas Home in 1972, to the Texas Senate in 1987 and to the U.S. Home of Representatives in 1992.
She served within the Home till her retirement on the finish of the final Congress, leaving workplace on Jan. 3, 2023.
Johnson served because the dean of the Home — the oldest member in workplace — for greater than a yr, following the demise of Rep. Don Younger (R-Alaska) in March 2022.
Harris touted Johnson’s method to public service as “all the time clear-eyed about what she was preventing for: the correct of each particular person in Dallas and throughout the nation to stay free from discrimination and to have the chance to stay as much as their full potential.”
Harris additionally touted Johnson’s work within the chamber, from her committee work to her function in passing latest laws such because the CHIPS and Science Act.
“I had the privilege to serve alongside her within the Congressional Black Caucus and know that so many have benefited from her tireless work, myself included. Her legacy and management shall be felt for generations to return,” Harris wrote.
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