Just saw this flash on screen on CNN this morning, and wanted to share with you all. From the AP:
“Tributes from political allies and even one-time enemies came pouring in for Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a trailblazer whose energy and outspokenness made her one of Congress’ most dynamic leaders.
Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, died Wednesday evening after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm. She was 58.”
In her 58 years, Tubbs-Jones made political history.
“First elected in 1998, the five-term congresswoman was the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress and served as chairwoman of the House Ethics Committee.
She was an ardent supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential primary bid, before switching to Sen. Barack Obama in June. Tubbs Jones had been planning to attend next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver as a superdelegate.”
Despite their political differences, both Senators Clinton and Obama spoke admiringly of her, again from that AP article:
“The Clinton family released a statement saying Tubbs Jones was a “one-woman force for progress in our country” and that they shared a friendship with her that “deepened through every trial and challenge.”
“Over the course of many years, with many ups and many downs, Stephanie was right by our side â€” unwavering, indefatigable,” the statement said.
Obama called Tubbs Jones “an extraordinary American and an outstanding public servant.”
“It wasn’t enough for her just to break barriers in her own life. She was also determined to bring opportunity to all those who had been overlooked and left behind â€” and in Stephanie, they had a fearless friend and unyielding advocate,” Obama said in a statement.”
RIP, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.