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|Prior office = [[Texas State Senate]]
 
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{{tnr}}'''Eddie Bernice Johnson''' (b.  December 3, 1935) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Texas]]. Johnson represents [[Texas' 30th congressional district]] and was first elected to the House in 1992.  
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{{tnr}}'''Eddie Bernice Johnson''' (b.  December 3, 1935 in Waco, Texas) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Texas]]. She represents [[Texas' 30th congressional district]] and was first elected to the House in 1992.  
  
Johnson ran for re-election in 2012. She faces [[Barbara Mallory Caraway]] and [[Taj Clayton]] in the May 29 Democratic primary. According to ''Politico'', Johnson is vulnerable in the primary this year.<ref name="pol"/>
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Johnson most recently won re-election on November 6, 2012. She easily won her primary, defeating state Rep. [[Barbara Mallory Caraway]] and attorney [[Taj Clayton]], despite being targeted by the [[Super PAC]] [[Campaign for Primary Accountability]].  She then defeated [[Travis Washington, Jr.]] (R) and [[Ed Rankin]] (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Johnson is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/eddie_johnson/400204 ''Gov Track'' "Johnson" Accessed May 16, 2012]</ref>
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Johnson began her political career in the [[Texas House of Representatives]], where she served from 1972 to 1977. She later continued her legislative service in the [[Texas State Senate]] from 1986 until her election to the U.S. House in 1992.
  
Johnson won re-election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Texas"]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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==Career==
 
==Career==
* 1993-present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]]
 
* 1986-1992: [[Texas Senate]]
 
* 1977-1981: U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare administrator
 
 
* 1972-1977: [[Texas House of Representatives]]
 
* 1972-1977: [[Texas House of Representatives]]
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* 1977-1981: U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare administrator
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* 1986-1992: [[Texas Senate]]
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* 1993-present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]]
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===Black Caucus Foundation controversy===
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In 2010, news broke that Johnson had given 23 scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to relatives and relatives of her staff over a five year period. This was in violation of both an anti-nepotism rule and a residency requirement of the scholarship. Johnson also specifically requested that the scholarship check be sent directly to her relatives rather than the standard procedure of the money going directly to the university the recipient would be attending. She went on to repay the foundation over $31,000.<ref>[http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/dallas/headlines/20100907-Letters-bearing-Eddie-Bernice-Johnson-s-4984.ece ''Dallas News'', "Letters bearing Eddie Bernice Johnson's signature ask that scholarship money be sent directly to her grandsons," September 8, 2010]</ref>
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It was reported in May 2013 that the same Wikipedia user had twice scrubbed Johnson's page of reference to the scholarship incident. No relationship was found of the user to Johnson or her staff. <ref>[http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20130514-scandal-removed-from-rep.-eddie-bernice-johnsons-wikipedia-page.ece ''Dallas News'', "Scandal removed from Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Wikipedia page," May 14,2013]]</ref>
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===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2012====
 
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*'''Transportation
 
*'''Transportation
 
:Excerpt: "Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is the most senior Texan on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  As the former Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment she continues to be a stalwart supporter of maintaining the economic promise of Dallas and North Texas through unwavering dedication to key components of the region’s transportation infrastructure..."
 
:Excerpt: "Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is the most senior Texan on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  As the former Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment she continues to be a stalwart supporter of maintaining the economic promise of Dallas and North Texas through unwavering dedication to key components of the region’s transportation infrastructure..."
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===Specific votes===
 
===Specific votes===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Texas' 30th congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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Johnson is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 30th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Texas' 30th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
  
Johnson ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 30th congressional district elections, 2012|30th District]]. She defeated state Rep. [[Barbara Mallory Caraway]] and attorney [[Taj Clayton]] in the May 29 Democratic primary.  She defeated [[Travis Washington, Jr.]] (R) and [[Ed Rankin]] (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.txdemocrats.org/2012/ Democratic candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_161_state.htm Unofficial Democratic primary results]</ref>
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Johnson won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Texas, 2012|Texas']] [[Texas' 30th congressional district elections, 2012|30th District]]. She defeated state Rep. [[Barbara Mallory Caraway]] and attorney [[Taj Clayton]] in the May 29 Democratic primary.  She then defeated [[Travis Washington, Jr.]] (R) and [[Ed Rankin]] (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.<ref>[http://www.txdemocrats.org/2012/ Democratic candidate list]</ref><ref>[http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_161_state.htm Unofficial Democratic primary results]</ref>
 
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According to ''Politico'', Johnson's primary competition was serious this year. Both Caraway and Clayton are legitimate threats to the 10-term Johnson, and Clayton has raised significant funds and created a compelling ad. Additionally, national super PAC [[Campaign for Primary Accountability]] might have launch an ad campaign against the incumbent. For her part, Johnson was emphasizing her endorsement from Barack Obama, important in a majority-black district.<ref name="pol">[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/75895.html ''Politico'' "5 incumbents facing primary fight," May 3, 2012]</ref>
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|party=Democratic
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|winner1 = Eddie Bernice Johnson
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Barbara Mallory Caraway
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|candidate3 = Taj Clayton
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|votes1 = 23346
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|votes2 = 5996
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|votes3 = 3981
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====Targeted====
 
====Targeted====
 
Johnson was targeted by the [[Super PAC]] [[Campaign for Primary Accountability]].<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/us/two-challenge-eddie-bernice-johnson-in-dallas-democratic-primary.html ''New York Times'' "In Democratic Primary, Taking On a Dallas Institution," April 26, 2012]</ref> The Houston Chronicle reports that the PAC has targeted Johnson because she was a long-standing incumbent, her constituents are dissatisfied, and there was a capable challenger.<ref>[http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/04/houston-based-super-pac-targeting-more-texas-incumbents/ ''Houston Chronicle blog'' "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012]</ref>
 
Johnson was targeted by the [[Super PAC]] [[Campaign for Primary Accountability]].<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/27/us/two-challenge-eddie-bernice-johnson-in-dallas-democratic-primary.html ''New York Times'' "In Democratic Primary, Taking On a Dallas Institution," April 26, 2012]</ref> The Houston Chronicle reports that the PAC has targeted Johnson because she was a long-standing incumbent, her constituents are dissatisfied, and there was a capable challenger.<ref>[http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/04/houston-based-super-pac-targeting-more-texas-incumbents/ ''Houston Chronicle blog'' "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012]</ref>
  
===2010===
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===Full history===
On November 2, 2010, Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Stephen E. Broden ([[Republican|R]]) and J.B. Oswalt ([[Libertarian]]).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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<big>'''2010'''</big>
  
{{Election box 2010
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|party1=Democratic
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|party2=Republican
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<big>'''2006'''</big>
|winner1 = Eddie Bernice Johnson
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Stephen E. Broden
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<big>'''2004'''</big>
|candidate3 = J.B. Oswalt
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|votes1 = 86322
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|votes2 = 24668
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<big>'''2002'''</big>
|votes3 = 2988
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<big>'''2000'''</big>
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|year=2000
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00008122&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed March 25, 2013]</ref>
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|party=Democratic
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|totalraised2012=779237
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 30th congressional district{{!}}District 30]])
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|totalraised2010=613624
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 30th congressional district{{!}}District 30]])
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|totalraised2008=527856
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 30th congressional district{{!}}District 30]])
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|totalraised2006=411189
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 30th congressional district{{!}}District 30]])
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|totalraised2004=379015
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 30th congressional district{{!}}District 30]])
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|totalraised2002=405389
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|result2002=Won
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|office2002=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 30th congressional district{{!}}District 30]])
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|totalraised2000=304363
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|result2000=Won
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|office2000=US House (Texas, [[Texas' 30th congressional district{{!}}District 30]])
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Johnson's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2TX00015 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Eddie Bernice Johnson Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>
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|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/479/13961619479/13961619479.pdf#navpanes=0 'Federal Election Commission'' "Eddie Bernice Johnson April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 1 = April 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 1 = 67820.46
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|Total Contributions 1 = 43200.00
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|Expenditures 1 = 17150.00
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|Cash on Hand 1 = 93870.46
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|Report 2 = July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/897/13941132897/13941132897.pdf#navpanes=0 'Federal Election Commission'' "Eddie Bernice Johnson July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 2 = July 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 2 = 93870.46
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|Total Contributions 2 = 30500.00
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|Expenditures 2 = 29309.78
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|Cash on Hand 2 = 95060.68
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|}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Eddie Bernice Johnson 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Johnson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Eddie Bernice Johnson 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Johnson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
Johnson won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $779,237 and spent $882,303.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00008122&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Eddie Johnson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013]</ref>
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Johnson won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $779,237 and spent $882,303.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00008122&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Eddie Johnson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets,'' "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Johnson spent $5.16 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Texas' 30th Congressional District  
 
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Johnson is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|moderate Democratic leader]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/eddie_johnson/400204 ''Gov Track'' "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400204_Eddie_Johnson ''OpenCongress,'' "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed August 2, 2013]</ref>
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Johnson most often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Marc Veasey]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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Johnson least often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Jeff Duncan]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Johnson missed 656 of 13,520 roll call votes from January 1993 to March 2013.  This amounts to 4.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/eddie_johnson/400204 ''GovTrack,'' "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Johnson paid her congressional staff a total of $1,024,374 in 2011. Overall, [[Texas]] ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Eddie_Bernice_Johnson.html ''LegiStorm'', "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
 
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Johnson paid her congressional staff a total of $1,024,374 in 2011. Overall, [[Texas]] ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_Eddie_Bernice_Johnson.html ''LegiStorm'', "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Johnson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,002 to $16,000. That averages to $8,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House mebers in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth did not change from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00008122&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Johnson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,002 to $16,000. That averages to $8,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House mebers in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth did not change from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00008122&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Green's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,002 to $16,000. That averages to $8,501 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00008122&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Green's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,002 to $16,000. That averages to $8,501 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00008122&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
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====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Johnson tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 94th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Johnson tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 94th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Johnson ranked 96th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Johnson ranked 96th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
===Percentage voting with party===
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===Voting with party===
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|rank=129th
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|chamber=House
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==External links==
 
==External links==
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*[http://ebjohnson.house.gov Official House website]
 
*[http://ebjohnson.house.gov Official House website]
*[http://www.ebj2012.com/ Campaign website]
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*[http://www.ebj2012.com/ Official campaign website]
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==References==
 
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U.S. House, Texas, District 30
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,420,673
AppointedRegional Director, United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas State Senate
1986-1992
Texas House of Representatives
1972-1977
Education
High schoolA.J. Moore High School, TX
Bachelor'sTexas Christian University
Master'sSouthern Methodist University
OtherNursing certificate, St. Mary’s College at the University of Notre Dame
Personal
BirthdayDecember 3, 1935
Place of birthWaco, Texas
ProfessionNurse
Net worth$8,501
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Eddie Bernice Johnson (b. December 3, 1935 in Waco, Texas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Texas. She represents Texas' 30th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 1992.

Johnson most recently won re-election on November 6, 2012. She easily won her primary, defeating state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway and attorney Taj Clayton, despite being targeted by the Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability. She then defeated Travis Washington, Jr. (R) and Ed Rankin (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

Johnson began her political career in the Texas House of Representatives, where she served from 1972 to 1977. She later continued her legislative service in the Texas State Senate from 1986 until her election to the U.S. House in 1992.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Johnson is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Johnson passed the National Board Examination in Nursing and became the Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the VA Hospital in Dallas. Later, she served in the Texas House of Representatives and earned her bachelor's in nursing and master's in public administration. She went on to become a regional director for United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare before returning to politics.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Johnson serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-12

Johnson was a member of the following House committees:[2]

Issues

Black Caucus Foundation controversy

In 2010, news broke that Johnson had given 23 scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to relatives and relatives of her staff over a five year period. This was in violation of both an anti-nepotism rule and a residency requirement of the scholarship. Johnson also specifically requested that the scholarship check be sent directly to her relatives rather than the standard procedure of the money going directly to the university the recipient would be attending. She went on to repay the foundation over $31,000.[4]

It was reported in May 2013 that the same Wikipedia user had twice scrubbed Johnson's page of reference to the scholarship incident. No relationship was found of the user to Johnson or her staff. [5]

Campaign themes

2012

Johnson's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Congresswoman Johnson supports helping lower and middle class families pay for college. Through the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, Congress and the Democratic Party increased college affordability for millions of students."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "Congresswoman Johnson not only understands the environmental challenges that affect the residents of North Texas, but she also uses the means available to solve those problems. She knows firsthand that a healthy environment enhances the quality of our daily lives and that our local natural resources are critical in supporting tourism which is a key element of our local economy. "
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Throughout her tenure in Congress, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has been a strong proponent of improving our nation's health care system and increasing health insurance coverage to include every American. On March 21, 2011, Congresswoman Johnson proudly cast her vote in favor of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s historic health care reform measure, providing high quality, affordable health care for 6 million uninsured Texans. "
  • Homeland Security, National Security, Veterans
Excerpt: "Congresswoman Johnson is an ardent supporter of homeland security and a strong national defense."
  • International Relations, Trade, Peace
Excerpt: "Congresswoman Johnson is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in democracy, good governance, and human rights. She was one of the first members of Congress to visit Iraq and meet with the U.S. Armed Forces personnel stationed in Baghdad."
  • Science
Excerpt: "Throughout her tenure on the House Committee on Science and Technology, Congresswoman Johnson has introduced and amended dozens of bills and has worked to pass significant legislation, the most important of which is the America COMPETES Act which she co-authored. "
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is the most senior Texan on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. As the former Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment she continues to be a stalwart supporter of maintaining the economic promise of Dallas and North Texas through unwavering dedication to key components of the region’s transportation infrastructure..."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 30th congressional district elections, 2014

Johnson is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Texas' 30th congressional district elections, 2012

Johnson won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Texas' 30th District. She defeated state Rep. Barbara Mallory Caraway and attorney Taj Clayton in the May 29 Democratic primary. She then defeated Travis Washington, Jr. (R) and Ed Rankin (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

U.S. House, Texas District 30 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 78.8% 171,059
     Republican Travis Washington, Jr. 19% 41,222
     Libertarian Ed Rankin 2.2% 4,733
Total Votes 217,014
Source: Texas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


U.S. House, Texas District 30 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 70.1% 23,346
Barbara Mallory Caraway 18% 5,996
Taj Clayton 11.9% 3,981
Total Votes 33,323

Targeted

Johnson was targeted by the Super PAC Campaign for Primary Accountability.[10] The Houston Chronicle reports that the PAC has targeted Johnson because she was a long-standing incumbent, her constituents are dissatisfied, and there was a capable challenger.[11]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Johnson is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Johnson raised a total of $3,420,673 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[22]

Eddie Bernice Johnson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Texas, District 30) Won $779,237
2010 US House (Texas, District 30) Won $613,624
2008 US House (Texas, District 30) Won $527,856
2006 US House (Texas, District 30) Won $411,189
2004 US House (Texas, District 30) Won $379,015
2002 US House (Texas, District 30) Won $405,389
2000 US House (Texas, District 30) Won $304,363
Grand Total Raised $3,420,673

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Johnson's reports.[23]

Eddie Bernice Johnson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$67,820.46$43,200.00$(17,150.00)$93,870.46
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$93,870.46$30,500.00$(29,309.78)$95,060.68
Running totals
$73,700$(46,459.78)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Johnson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Johnson won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $779,237 and spent $882,303.[26] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[27]

Cost per vote

Johnson spent $5.16 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Johnson's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Johnson's campaign committee raised a total of $613,624 and spent $572,968.[28]

U.S. House of Representatives, Texas, 30th District, 2010 - Eddie Bernice Johnson Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $613,624
Total Spent $572,968
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $677,889
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $638,764
Top contributors to Eddie Bernice Johnson's campaign committee
AFL-CIO$10,000
American Council of Engineering Cos$10,000
Berkshire Hathaway$10,000
CSX Corp$10,000
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$57,725
Building Trade Unions$46,500
Transportation Unions$45,200
Railroads$38,000
Health Professionals$36,650

Endorsements

2012

In 2012, Johnson was endorsed by the following:[29]

  • State Representative Marc Veasey
  • County Judge Clay Jenkins
  • Mayor Artis Johnson
  • Mayor Carl Sherman
  • Councilman Tennell Atkins
  • Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill
  • Councilwoman Pauline Medrano
  • Former US Representative Ken Bentsen
  • Former US Representative Craig Washington

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Johnson is a "moderate Democratic leader" as of June 2013.[30]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[31]

Johnson most often votes with:

Johnson least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Johnson missed 656 of 13,520 roll call votes from January 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 4.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[32]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Johnson paid her congressional staff a total of $1,024,374 in 2011. Overall, Texas ranks 27th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[33]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Johnson's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,002 to $16,000. That averages to $8,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House mebers in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth did not change from 2010.[34]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Green's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,002 to $16,000. That averages to $8,501 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[35]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Johnson tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 94th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[36]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Johnson ranked 96th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[37]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Eddie Bernice Johnson has voted with the Democratic Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 129th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[38]

Personal

Johnson has one child and three grandchildren.[2]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 2, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Dallas News, "Letters bearing Eddie Bernice Johnson's signature ask that scholarship money be sent directly to her grandsons," September 8, 2010
  5. Dallas News, "Scandal removed from Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Wikipedia page," May 14,2013]
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Democratic candidate list
  9. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  10. New York Times "In Democratic Primary, Taking On a Dallas Institution," April 26, 2012
  11. Houston Chronicle blog "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed March 25, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Eddie Bernice Johnson Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  24. 'Federal Election Commission "Eddie Bernice Johnson April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  25. 'Federal Election Commission "Eddie Bernice Johnson July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Eddie Johnson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Eddie Bernice Johnson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  29. Campaign website
  30. Gov Track "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed June 7 2013
  31. OpenCongress, "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed August 2, 2013
  32. GovTrack, "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed April 2, 2013
  33. LegiStorm, "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed September 13, 2012
  34. OpenSecrets.org "Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  36. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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1986-1992
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