Texas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term

Rep. Eddie Bernice JohnsonEddie Bernice JohnsonEddie Bernice Johnson endorses Texas lawmaker for her House seat The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice Texas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term MORE (Texas) announced on Saturday that she will be retiring once she finishes her current term, becoming the latest Democrat to announce she is forgoing reelection, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Johnson, who has served in Congress for close to three decades and has broken barriers in both Texas politics and the House, said she decided against running again despite receiving support for a reelection bid. 

Johnson has marked many firsts over the course of her political career. She was the first Black woman elected to public office in Dallas, the first Black person to represent the city in the Texas state Senate since Reconstruction, the first registered nurse voted into Congress, and the first Black woman to chair the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, per the Morning News.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I’ve worked hard. It’s not just a title — it’s a job,” Johnson said of her time in Congress during her announcement, according to the Morning News. 

“It’s been some rugged times, but I have not acknowledged it. I was determined that I wouldn’t just be a title. I wanted to deliver. I thought about the district and all the needs that it had,” she continued.

 
"Chairwoman Johnson has made progress, as a lawmaker with a track record of success for America’s children and future, including to promote STEM education, ensure diversity and inclusion in science and combat the climate crisis with a firm focus on innovation," Pelosi said in her statement.  

According to the Morning News, Johnson is one of 16 Democratic lawmakers to say so far that they will not be seeking reelection for the upcoming midterm season in 2022. 

Other Democrats who will not run again include Reps. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Texas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term Democratic Rep. Butterfield won't seek reelection: report MORE (Calif.), Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleTexas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term Midterm gloom grows for Democrats Democrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout MORE (Pa.), David PriceDavid Eugene PriceOvernight Defense & National Security — Biden officials consider more Ukraine aid Biden, first lady have 'Friendsgiving' meal with military troops Texas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term MORE (N.C.) and John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthTexas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term Dems brace for score on massive Biden bill Midterm gloom grows for Democrats MORE (Ky.) and Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyThe Hill's Morning Report - Ins and outs: Powell renominated at Fed, Parnell drops Senate bid On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Welch to seek Senate seat in Vermont MORE (D-Vt.).

A handful of Republicans have also announced they won't seek reelection in 2022, including Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous Kinzinger on possible governor bid: 'I'm the only candidate that can win' against Pritzker McBath to run in neighboring district after GOP redrew lines MORE (Ill.) and Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezTexas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Will Biden's big bill pass the House this week? Republican Rep. Upton unsure if he'll run again MORE (Ohio), who both voted to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

ADVERTISEMENT

GOP Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntRepublicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead It's time for Congress to guarantee Medigap Health Insurance for vulnerable Americans with kidney disease MORE (Mo.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrTexas Democrat Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson announces retirement at end of term On The Money — IRS chief calls for reinforcements Burr brother-in-law ordered to testify in insider trading probe MORE (N.C.) and Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyRepublicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall On The Money — Biden sticks with Powell despite pressure Trump seeking to oust Republican Alabama governor over canceled rally: report MORE (Ala.) are also not running again next year. 

The Hill has reached out to Johnson’s office for comment. 

— Updated at 6:22 p.m.