Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH)
Born: Sept. 10, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio
Died: Aug. 20, 2008, in East Cleveland, Ohio
Home: 11th District, Ohio (Cleveland)
Served: 1999 – 2008
Education: B.A., Case Western Reserve University Law School, Ohio, 1971; J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1974
When veteran Rep. Louis Stokes (D) retired in 1998, Tubbs Jones won the Democratic nomination from a field of five contenders and went on to become the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in Congress. During her tenure, she served on several panels, including the House Financial Services Committee, and was chairwoman of the House Standards of Official Conduct Committee. She was the first black woman to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee. While mostly enacting a liberal agenda, Tubbs Jones broke with her party by actively supporting free trade legislation. During the 2004 presidential election, when her state was in the spotlight, Tubbs Jones led the House floor fight against certifying President George W. Bush's second term, citing a motivation not to block his election but to expose a need to reform the electoral system.