Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor a
distinguished public servant and a dedicated stateswoman, Congresswoman
Eddie Bernice Johnson who was honored in a dedication ceremony in
Dallas, Texas on April 6, 2019 to rename Dallas Union Station in her
honor. The former Dallas Union Station now bears the name Eddie Bernice
Johnson Union Station.
Since its establishment in 1916, the Dallas Union Station has stood
as a prominent landmark for the City of Dallas, serving as a historic
social anchor and an intermodal transportation hub--consolidating the
five main rail stations into one and making Dallas a major transit center for the Southwestern United States. Just as the Dallas
Union Station has significantly enhanced the quality of life for the
Dallas area, so has Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and I cannot
think of a more deserving person to receive this monumental tribute.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is serving her 14th term
representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas. She is the first
African-American and woman to chair the House Committee on Science,
Space, and Technology (where she served as Ranking Member from 2011 to
2018) and is the Dean of the Texas Congressional delegation in addition
to serving as Dean of the Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona Democratic
Congressional Delegations. Congresswoman Johnson is also the highest-
ranking Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee,
the first nurse to be elected to the U.S. Congress, and a member of the
Subcommittee on Aviation and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines,
and Hazardous Materials.
Congresswoman Johnson was born on December 3, 1935, to the union of
the late Lee Edward Johnson and Lillie Mae White Johnson in Waco,
Texas. A true intellectual, she graduated from A.J. Moore High School
at the age of sixteen. Soon after graduating, she began her studies in
Nursing at Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame, where she excelled and
became a registered nurse after passing the National Board Examination
in 1955. She continued to advance her education by earning her Bachelor
of Science degree in Nursing from Texas Christian University in 1967
and her Master of Public Administration degree from Southern Methodist
University in 1976.
Congresswoman Johnson began her career as the first female African-
American Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas. In
1972, she became the first nurse ever elected to the Texas State House
and achieved that same distinction upon her election to the Texas
Senate in 1986.
Congresswoman Johnson is more than a legislator. She is a servant to
all humankind. In addition to her civic duties, she continues to give
of herself to countless causes and organizations, such as her acclaimed
initiative, A World of Women for World Peace, which has garnered
national and international recognition. Dr. Maya Angelou once said that
``I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt
on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.'' During
the more than 40 years that she has served as a public servant,
Congresswoman Johnson has thrown a prodigious amount of love and
service back to the state and nation she loves so dearly.
Congresswoman Johnson has achieved so much in her life, but none of
it would have been possible without the love and support of her loving
son, Kirk; and her grandsons, Kirk Jr., David, and James.
On a personal note, Congresswoman Johnson is my classmate, both of us
having been elected in 1992. Immediately upon meeting her I was awed by
her grace, dignity, class, elegance, and eloquence. Her manner of quiet
persuasion and passion have propelled her to numerous leadership
positions, including her election as Chair of the Congressional Black
Caucus. She is a friend of longstanding and her deep humility and
compassion reflect the timbre of her character.
Congresswoman Johnson is truly a stellar example of servant
leadership. I am proud to have served alongside her in Congress where
her friendship, leadership, and counsel are held in high regard by
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian; and me,
along with the people of the 30th Congressional District of Texas and
countless others all across America, in extending our sincerest
congratulations to Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on this
tremendous honor and lasting memorial to her legacy of service to her
community, state, nation, and humankind.
116th Congress