Foster Statement on Retirement Announcement of Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson announced her retirement at the end of her term:
“It has been an honor to serve on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee under the leadership of Chairwoman Johnson. During her tenure as Chair, she has demonstrated a fierce commitment to protecting America’s place as the world leader in scientific research and infrastructure, and she’s done so in a bipartisan manner that should serve as an example for the entire Congress. As a scientist, I especially appreciate her commitment to making sure America’s scientists are heard and given the best tools to do their jobs. She shattered barriers as the first African American and first woman to serve as Chair of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee and she’s made expanding opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds to pursue STEM opportunities a major focus of our Committee.
“I am proud to be able to say I’ve worked with and learned from Chairwoman Johnson over the past six years. I am committed to working with all of my colleagues on the Committee to carry on her example of thoughtful, bipartisan, science-driven leadership, as well as her dedication to promoting and protecting scientific research and innovation. I congratulate her on nearly 50 years of public service and wish her the best in retirement.”
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