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Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, the 85-year-old Democrat from Texas, who recently announced that she would not seek re-election, said in an interview that the party’s internal bickering over the Social Spending Bill President Biden had contributed to his decision.

Johnson told CBS DFW on Tuesday that the decision was not easy and that some executives were asking him to reconsider their decision. But she told the station she was getting older and also highlighted the fight against President Biden’s social spending bill.

“You start to wonder why when you get to a point where our party is not as together as you would like it to be, as you have experienced it,” she said. His office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

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His decision not to stand for re-election prompted representatives on both sides of the aisle to praise his services. Representative Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla., Served with her on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

The Washington Post reported that he released a statement saying there was no one he “would rather have as a counterpart across the aisle.”

He called her a “real official” who cares deeply about supporting science in the United States.

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

House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson delivers remarks at event honoring NASA’s “Hidden Figures,” African-American mathematicians who assisted the United States space program in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
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Johnson is a political figure in her hometown of Dallas, where early in her career she became the first black woman to serve the city in the State Senate since Reconstruction.

Johnson on Wednesday approved Democratic State Representative Jasmine Crockett to take her seat just days after announcing her intention to retire.

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Crockett, a state representative for the first term, made headlines in July as part of the group of Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, DC, in an attempt to block a vote on the bill on the integrity of the state republicans elections, which was eventually adopted and signed. promulgated in September.

Jessica Chasmar of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report


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