Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is committed to expanding access to STEM education for all populations, especially for women and researchers of color, and protecting and advancing the behavioral and social sciences at the National Science Foundation. She has dedicated her career to public service and the development and advancement of science to benefit society.
Her work in the sciences began as the first female African American Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas, where she saw firsthand the plight of individuals with mental illnesses and their families. She later served on the Texas State House and Senate, then as the Science, Space and Technology Committee’s first African American and first female Ranking Member. She then became the first African American and woman to chair the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
She has fought to preserve the Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate at NSF from funding cuts; protected NSF’s merit review process from political challenges; maintained NSF’s scientific independence from partisan interference; and increased opportunities in STEM for women and communities of color. She has worked to provide for the health and wellbeing of the American people by advocating for expanding access to the most advanced, efficient, and affordable healthcare possible, including by co-sponsoring the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646).