Third Way Responds to Retirement Announcement of Climate and Clean Energy Innovator Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Third Way Responds to Retirement Announcement of Climate and Clean Energy Innovator Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

WASHINGTON — Third Way released the following statement from Josh Freed, Senior Vice President for the Climate and Energy Program, on the retirement announcement of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

“Yesterday, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced her retirement from the House of Representatives following the remainder of her current term. Much will be said of her historic term as representative for Texas’ 30th congressional district, but perhaps not nearly as much will be written about her enormous influence on American climate and clean energy policy as the chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. As both the first woman and first Black American in this role, Congresswoman Johnson consistently championed the scientific facts of climate change and shepherded fourteen pieces of legislation in the FY2021 omnibus package that were critical to emissions reductions, the size of her influence on this alone is massively underappreciated. This essential package also laid the groundwork for President Biden’s recently passed and signed infrastructure deal and the Build Back Better Agenda currently under consideration in the Senate.

“In addition to these efforts, Chairwoman Johnson has been a tireless champion for Texas rail and public transportation projects, particularly Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Thanks in part to the Chairwoman’s leadership, DART has received over $60 million in federal funding over the last two years, at a time when public transportation has suffered due to the pandemic and economic recession but remains critical for many frontline workers and is an essential component of our decarbonization efforts.

“These reasons, among many others, are why Third Way and the Environmental Defense Fund chose Congresswoman Johnson as the first recipient of the Climate Innovator Award in 2020. From her committee’s work to improve STEM education in rural communities to the funding included in the Build Back Better Act for clean energy research and development, Chairwoman Johnson has provided visionary, thoughtful, and inclusive leadership that will reverberate through the halls of Congress long after she has departed.”


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