RIP, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

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.

Farai Chideya will be sharing personal remembrances on News and Notes, and NPR did a great tribute that lists all of her achievements in Congress:

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 — 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 — and in Stephanie, they had a fearless friend and unyielding advocate,” Obama said in a statement.”

RIP, Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.

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Comments

  1. Mrs.Mckinzie says:

    RIP to Mrs. Tubbs-Jones.Bella, I see that you are safe what a lot of rain you all got.

  2. Hey Mrs. Mckinzie! Yes, safe and dry — Fay dumped a whole lotta rain on us and the wind was howling but we made it through — just in time for work, ha ha! So I’m trying to catch up on some afrobella-ing before I head to the office…

  3. Sabrina97 says:

    Mrs. Tubbs-Jones was a trailblazing black woman…. she will be missed.

  4. WARRIOR11209 says:

    RIP Mrs. Tubbs-Joones

  5. I heard about this before coming to work this morning. Unfortunately, i did not know about her until today. I am going to make myself more aware of our Black politicians on a state and national scale.

    Rest in Peace….

  6. I was really stunned to read about this too. Glad you are okay after the passage of Fay. :)

  7. Davina E, says:

    My prayers are with the family of Stephanie Tubbs-Jones. I am from Cleveland and had the pleasure of meeting her, the first time I met her was at my 6th grade promotion ceremony in 1992 where she was the speaker, I then had the pleasure of meeting her 13 years later. She laughed that I was making her feel old. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones was truly an inspiration to those in her district as well as throughout the country. She will be truly missed

  8. When I was a reporter during the John Kerry campaign, I met Stephanie Tubbs-Jones several times. She was always a great interview and a great role model for me. Ohioans LOVE her and she will be missed early here as a strong, black and concerned woman.

  9. flygyrl72 says:

    RIP Congresswoman Tubbs-Jones. Granted, she royally pissed me off during this past year, with her unwavering support of HRC, I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. But still, I have to give respect where it is due, & despite my vehement disagreement with her choice of candidate in the primary, I feel that her Ohio constituents have lost a powerful voice in Congress, as well as the African-American community as a whole. No matter how I disagreed with her politically, this woman accomplished a lot in her lifetime. Condolences to all her family & friends.

  10. For any of you who were reading this post overnight, I deleted a comment that was offensive to me. I think the commenting rules here are kind of obvious, and I do agree with supporting free speech here… but don’t come on my comment thread talking about Barack “Hussein” Obama and calling Michelle a “wildebeast” with no rhyme or reason. You’ll get deleted with a quickness.

  11. ilove you you will never be forgotton!!!!!!!!!

    LOVE’LOVE’WHEN YOU WAS HERE

  12. Billie Johnson says:

    When the LORD allowed me the first time I heard that about Mrs T Jones had an aneurysm and the LORD said that is not true. The LORD voice said MRS.TUBBS Jones was murdered. Because of some information she new about the voting maching, and it didn’t stop there, There was a Cornory doctor that was at the convention and some information that he knew about Mrs. Tubbs Jones body that he was going to summit to the media then somebody murdered him with poison in his system. Somebody I need U all help and let this Man and Mrs. Jones life go as if nothing been done about it. Please Who ever read this Please if that was my mother I would have her body examine from her to her feet and find the evident that took her Life. Notice when a speech was given by MRS. CLINTON she didn’t acknowledge herself as a wife or a mother and didn’t show up for BARACK OBAMA SPeech the next night. Then she laid low for a long period of time. So U all need to take heed at what I’m telling all of U all an do the Math. God Sees all and there is someone like my self know what is wrong and it trying to be swept under the rug. Please help if u all can. I pray that the LORD keep the hedge and the protection around me daily and I’M healthy and nothing is wrong with me. Please the sisuation is that Mrs. Jones was no longer a CLINTON person and she became a OBAMA fan and someway somebody became angry and took her life as she got into her car the way JFK was shot in Dallas and that was the truth. DO the right for MRS. JONES find her killer. We as blacks been murdered for a long time and people walk free, and when they do find who murdered us it to late,the person have one foot in the garve, So we need to step up to the plate and do the right thing.I say to everybody at this point and time we have to PRAY for OBAMA because they are out to Murdered him too, so maybe U all need to get the word to the BARACK OBAMA because you still have some ANGRY CLINTONS SUPPorters AND MRS. CLINTON is very bitter at this point. SHE is somewhere plotting something against OBAMA, IN her MIND now she is saying if I can’t have the president nobody won’t get it.And that what she is bitter about like all her supporters. So I’m begging all of U to help me get this resolved.

  13. RIP, Ms. Tubbs-Jones, you were a strong voice and you never backed down. I too believe Ms. Tubbs-Jones was murdered for her strong activism against voter fraud (working alongside Rep. John Conyers, another great member of Congress), and I think she went through a lot so we could get the president we really wanted this time around. God bless you, Stephanie, you are with the angels now.

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