(Washington, DC) - House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) released the following statement on the passing of former Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson:

“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Eddie Bernice Johnson. We worked side by side for years and I was proud to call her a friend in addition to a colleague. She was a trailblazer in every sense of the word and I was continually impressed by her dedication to public service. EBJ, as I affectionately called her, was an old school legislator who sincerely cared about the cause of advancing American science. It was a privilege to serve as the Ranking Member during her chairmanship of the House Science Committee. Together, we passed generational legislation that will set the course for science and technology development for decades to come. That wouldn’t have been possible without her leadership and commitment to working in a bipartisan fashion. I’m grateful for our years of friendship, and my prayers are with her family and loved ones.”