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
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 is seeking re-election to the 30th congressional district seat in 2014.[2]

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.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Johnson serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Johnson was a member of the following House committees:[3]

Issues

Legislative actions

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 1 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.[5]

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Johnson's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[8][9] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Johnson was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[8][9]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Johnson voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Johnson voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "No" Johnson voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Johnson voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[14] The vote largely followed party lines.[15]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Johnson voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[16]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" Johnson voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[17]

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.[18]

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. [19]

Campaign themes

2012

Johnson's campaign website listed the following issues:[20]

  • 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..."

Elections

2014

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

Johnson is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election on March 4, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2]

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.[21][22]

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.[23] 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.[24]

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.[35]

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.[36]

Eddie Bernice Johnson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]April 15, 2013$67,820.46$43,200.00$(17,150.00)$93,870.46
July Quarterly[38]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.[39] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

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.[41]

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:[42]

  • 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.[43]

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.[44]

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.[45]

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.[46]

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.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

Voting with party

2013

Eddie Bernice Johnson voted with the Democratic Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 129th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[51]

Personal

Johnson has one child and three grandchildren.[3]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Texas"
  2. 2.0 2.1 dallasnews, "Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to seek another term in Congress," September 4, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 2, 2011
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Dallas News, "Letters bearing Eddie Bernice Johnson's signature ask that scholarship money be sent directly to her grandsons," September 8, 2010
  19. Dallas News, "Scandal removed from Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Wikipedia page," May 14,2013]
  20. Campaign website, Issues
  21. Democratic candidate list
  22. Unofficial Democratic primary results
  23. New York Times "In Democratic Primary, Taking On a Dallas Institution," April 26, 2012
  24. Houston Chronicle blog "Houston-based super PAC targeting more Texas incumbents," April 8, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed March 25, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission "Eddie Bernice Johnson Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  37. 'Federal Election Commission "Eddie Bernice Johnson April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  38. 'Federal Election Commission "Eddie Bernice Johnson July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  39. Open Secrets "Eddie Johnson 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 5, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  41. Open Secrets "Eddie Bernice Johnson 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
  42. Campaign website
  43. Gov Track "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed June 7 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed August 2, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed April 2, 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "Eddie Bernice Johnson," Accessed September 13, 2012
  47. OpenSecrets.org "Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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