Eddie Bernice Johnson endorses Texas lawmaker for her House seat

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 (D-Texas) endorsed Texas state House Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D) for the House seat she has held for decades.

Crockett announced her candidacy soon after Johnson said she would be retiring. 

“A vibrant congressional district like TX-30 needs a representative in Washington with high energy, a passion to fight for us, shrewd intelligence, leadership, and an incessant drive,” Johnson said in a statement soon after Crockett announced her run, The Dallas Morning News reported

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“After proudly serving the City of Dallas and Southern sector for 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, I firmly believe that Texas State Representative Jasmine Crockett is just the person we need in Congress at this critical time,” she added.

Crockett said in a statement, “The Congresswoman was one or the first Black women elected to the Texas House and I am the most recent — this responsibility has not been lost on me.” 

“I intend to honor their service by continuing their legacy of coalition building, fierce bravery, and relentless tenacity in the halls of Congress,” she added.

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In Crockett’s announcement, she slammed Texas for recently passed voting legislation and said she has “gone toe to toe with radicals on the floor of the Texas House.”

Other competitors in the primary so far are Shenita Cleveland, Zachariah Manning, Jessica Mason and Abel Mulugheta.

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