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Eddie Bernice Johnson

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Eddie Bernice Johnson
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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
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) 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.

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.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Johnson is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[2]

Johnson won re-election on November 6, 2012.[3]

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.[4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Johnson serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-12

Johnson was a member of the following House committees:[4]

Issues

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

2012

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

Johnson ran 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 defeated Travis Washington, Jr. (R) and Ed Rankin (L) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[8][9]

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.[1]

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"

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]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Johnson won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Stephen E. Broden (R) and J.B. Oswalt (Libertarian).[12]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Texas, Congressional District 30, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEddie Bernice Johnson Incumbent 75.7% 86,322
     Republican Stephen E. Broden 21.6% 24,668
     Libertarian J.B. Oswalt 2.6% 2,988
Total Votes 113,978

Campaign donors

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.[13]

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.[14]

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:[15]

  • 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

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.[16]

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 - 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.[17]

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.[18]

National Journal vote ratings

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

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.[19]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Johnson voted with the Democratic Party 92.2% of the time, which ranked 109 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[20]

Personal

Johnson has one child and three grandchildren.[4]

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