Ethics Explorer A Guide to the Financial Interests of Elected Officials

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)

Medical, Federal Government
B.S., Nursing, Texas Christian University, 1967; M.P.A., Public Administration, Southern Methodist University, 1976
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  • Johnson worked as a nurse at the Dallas Veterans Administration Hospital for 15 years, from 1957 to 1972. She ultimately served as the hospital’s chief psychiatric nurse.

  • She served in the Texas House from 1973 to 1977.

  • In 1977, then-President Jimmy Carter appointed Johnson the regional director for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

  • Johnson served as a Texas state senator from 1987 to 1992.

  • She was elected to the U.S. House in 1992.


  • Business office in Dallas valued at $16,000

  • Home in Dallas valued at $255,490

  • Apartment in Arlington, Va., valued at $552,300


  • The Dallas Morning News reported in 2010 that Johnson had awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to her own relatives and children of a staff member, violating the foundation’s anti-nepotism policy. "While I am not ashamed of helping, I did not intentionally mean to violate any rules in the process," Johnson said in a written statement at the time. She vowed to repay the scholarships. 

  • Johnson's top campaign supporters in the last election cycle include Energy Future Holdings Corporation, the American Association for Justice and the American Society for Anesthesiologists. 

  • In 1996, the Federal Election Commission reported that it had fined Johnson $44,000 for campaign-finance law violations in her 1992 race, according to The Dallas Morning News. The violations included failure to accurately report political action committee contributions. According to documents filed with the FEC, Johnson discovered problems with her campaign-finance reports and alerted the commission. Her attorney noted that at the time of the violations, she was a first-time federal candidate relying on an unpaid staff.