AIAA Statement on the Passing of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Written 4 January 2024


Eddie Bernice Johnson

Former Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) | Credit: Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives; Wikipedia; Public Domain

January 4, 2024 – Reston, Va. –The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) CEO Dan Dumbacher made the following statement:

“AIAA mourns the passing of former Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) who led the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee from 2019 until 2023, when she retired from Congress.

Chairwoman Johnson was a champion for STEM education and the advancement of science. We applaud her efforts to pass the Broadening Participation in STEM Education Act that authorized the director of the National Science Foundation to award grants to minorities in underrepresented minority groups receiving STEM degrees. Her leadership has led to advancing the aerospace workforce, not only for her constituents but for the entire country. We appreciated her strong support for NASA, as well as her leading role in crafting and moving the CHIPS Act and Science bill.

On behalf of the Institute’s nearly 30,000 professional, student, and educator members, our prayers go out to her family and loved ones.”

AIAA Media Contact: Rebecca Gray,, 804-397-5270 cell

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