Diploma in Nursing, St. Mary's College, University Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1955. Bachelor of science in nursing, Texas Christian University, 1967. Master of Public Administration, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 1976.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Bishop College, 1979. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Jarvis College, 1979. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Texas College, 1989.
Doctor of Laws (honorary), Houston-Tillotson College, 1993. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Paul Quinn College, 1993.
Chief psychiatric nurse Veterans Administration Hospital, Dallas, 1956-1972. Member District 33 Texas House of Representatives, 1973—1977. Dallas regional director Department Health, Education and Welfare, 1977-1979, executive assistant to administrator for primary health care policy Washington, 1979-1981.
Vice president Visiting Nurse Association Texas, Dallas, 1981-1987. Member District 23 Texas State Senate, 1987—1993. Member United States Congress from 30th Texas district, since 1993.
Executive assistant personnel division Neiman-Marcus, Dallas, 1972—1975. Consultant division urban affairs Zales Corporation, Dallas, 1976—1977. President Eddie Bernice Johnson & Associates, Inc.
Goals for Dallas; American Red Cross. Charter 100; NAACP; Women’s Issues Network Board.
Married Lacy Kirk Johnson, July 5, 1956 (divorced October 1970). 1 child Dawrence Kirk.