Yesterday, veteran Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) ended retirement speculation and announced that she will seek a 14th House term next year. Ms. Johnson, 81 years of age, was originally elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972 and served two terms, leaving to accept a federal appointment from then-President Jimmy Carter. She returned to the legislature in 1987, winning a Texas Senate seat in the 1986 election.
As chair of the state Senate Redistricting Committee, Ms. Johnson was able to place one of the new seats Texas earned from national reapportionment in the Dallas area, a district that she was to claim for herself in the 1992 election. She has been in Congress ever since, and from time to time been challenged in the Democratic primary, but never seriously. She will again be a sure bet for re-election in 2018.
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