The Democrat insiders on the spending bill contributed to the retirement decision, Texas Dem says

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In an interview with 85-year-old Texas Democrat Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, who recently announced that he does not seek reelection, the party’s insides on President Biden’s social spending bill have led to his decision.

Johnson told CBS DFW on Tuesday that the decision was not easy and that some leaders are asking for a reconsideration. But she told the station she was getting older and also pointed to President Biden’s fight over his social spending bill.

“You begin to question why you came to the point where our party is not as together as you would like it to be.” She said. His office did not immediately respond to an email after hours from LBL.

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His decision not to run for reelection prompted representatives from both sides of the aisle to applaud his service. Rep. Frank d. Lucas, R-Okla., Served with her on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

The Washington Post reported that “there is no one who wants to have my replica across the aisle.”

He called himself a “true public servant” who cares deeply about supporting science in the US

“He’s an old-school lawmaker who cares more about the results than the headlines, and I deeply respect that,” he said.

Eddie Bernice Johnson, chair of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, delivered remarks at a ceremony honoring NASA’s’ Hidden Figures’ African-American Women Mathematicians who helped the United States’ space program in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
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Johnson was a political fixture in her hometown of Dallas, becoming the first black woman to serve in the state Senate after rebuilding early in her career.

Johnson was the Democratic State Rep. On Wednesday. Jasmine Crockett approved to take her place shortly after announcing her intention to retire.

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As part of a group of Texas legislators who ran for Washington, DC in an attempt to block a vote on the state Republicans’ electoral integrity bill, Crockett, the first-term state representative in July, made headlines. To become law in September.

Jessica Chasmer of LBL and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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