A Small Dose Of Civility In Congress

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) announced over the weekend that she will not seek re-election next year and plans to retire after serving for 30 years in Congress.

Johnson was the first Black woman elected to state public office from the Dallas area.

In a statement to reporters, Johnson did not play to the hyper-partisanship that has become all to common. Looking back on her career, she touted her accomplishments and shared credit with those who had helped her along the way, including a number of Republicans. “I’m proud of what I’ve done because there is no Texan in the history of this state who has brought more home,” Johnson said. “As much as we trash the names of some of the Republicans, they were some of the same ones that helped me be successful.”

May all our members of Congress learn to be so gracious. Best wishes in retirement, Rep. Johnson.

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