Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is ready to retire from Congress in January, the latest in a line of Democrats calling it quits in Washington, DC.
Johnson, 85, introduced Saturday she won’t search re-election after serving almost three many years within the Lonestar State’s thirtieth District, which incorporates a big a part of Dallas.
Johnson was raised within the segregated South and have become the primary black lady to symbolize Dallas within the Austin statehouse early in her political profession.
In Washington, she was the primary lady of coloration to chair the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
“There is a good reason I should stay: I am a personal friend to the president, I have gained some respect and influence,” Johnson stated, earlier than clarifying she would honor a marketing campaign promise that her present time period might be her final.
Democrats maintain a slim eight-seat majority within the House of Representatives, which is now being shaken by a current spate of retirement bulletins throughout the caucus.
Rep. Jackie Speier , 71, Rep. John Yarmuth, 74, and Rep. Cheri Bustos, 60, are amongst 9 different House Democrats who’ve stated they won’t search one other time period.
Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy final month predicted retirements from throughout the aisle would proceed as lawmakers grapple with the prospect of dropping their voting benefit.