U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a trailblazing Democrat from the Dallas area who spent three decades in politics, died Sunday at the age of 88.
Johnson was born in Waco and grew up in the segregated South. Dallas' once-segregated Union Station was renamed in her honor in 2019. Bradford Betz is a Fox News Digital breaking reporter covering crime, political issues, and much more.
She served in the U.S. House for three decades after becoming the first registered nurse elected to Congress and the first Black chief psychiatric nurse at Dallas' Veterans Affairs hospital.
Johnson went on to become the first Black woman to chair the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and she also led the Congressional Black Caucus. She left office in January after repeatedly delaying her retirement. Before Congress, she served in the Texas legislature.