U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a strong supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary, died Wednesday evening. She was 58.
August 20, 2008 7:40 PM

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a strong supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton during the presidential primary, has died.
A spokesperson for the clinic said the congresswoman died at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm that burst, according to the Associated Press.
The Tubbs Jones Family released a statement through Huron Hospital and Cleveland Clinic at 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday. The statement read:
“Throughout the course of the day and into this evening, Congresswoman Tubbs Jones’ medical condition declined. Medical doctors and neurosurgeons from Huron Hospital and Cleveland Clinic sadly report that at 6:12 p.m. Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones died.
She dedicated her life in public service to helping others and will continue to do so through organ donations.
Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
Tubbs Jones, 58, had been admitted to a Cleveland-area hospital on Tuesday and reportedly remained unconscious Wednesday.
There were some reports that Tubbs Jones had died early Wednesday afternoon, but as of 3 p.m. Eastern time those reports had been retracted with the news that the congresswoman remained in critical condition with limited brain function.
A hospital spokesman declined to reveal specific information about the Ohio congresswoman’s condition at the request of family members, but later doctors discussed her condition with the media.
Tubbs Jones became the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress when she was elected in 1998.
Tubbs Jones was also scheduled to serve as a superdelegate for next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver. She was one of Senator Hillary Clinton’s biggest supporters during the Ohio primary. She later endorsed Barack Obama after the primary season ended.
Tubbs Jones chaired the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and served on the influential House Ways and Means Committee.
Her district included most of downtown and eastern Cleveland and many of the eastern suburbs in Cuyahoga County including Euclid, Cleveland Heights, and Shaker Heights.
The Cleveland Democrat was married for 27 years to Mervyn L. Jones, Sr., who died in 2003.
(Editor’s Note: Updated August 20, 2008, 3:14 p.m. and again at 7:40 p.m. Please note that some comments were posted on the previous version of the article before Rep. Tubbs Jones passed away.)

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Published: August 20, 2008
Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African-American woman elected to the House of Representatives from Ohio and a leader in the fight against predatory lending practices, died Wednesday. She was 58.
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Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio in 2005.


The Caucus: Ohio Congresswoman Dies (August 20, 2008)

The cause was a ruptured brain aneurysm that Ms. Tubbs Jones suffered Tuesday, Eileen Sheil, a spokeswoman for the Cleveland Clinic, which owns the Huron Hospital in East Cleveland where the congresswoman died, told The Associated Press.
Ms. Tubbs Jones, a Democrat, was in her fifth term as representative of the 11th Congressional District, which includes most of the east side of Cleveland. Two years ago, she was re-elected with 83 percent of the vote. Before her first election to Congress, in 1998, she had been the chief prosecutor for Cuyahoga County in Ohio.
Considered a liberal, Ms. Tubbs Jones was a co-sponsor of legislative efforts to broaden health care coverage for low- and middle-income people and of programs supporting the re-entry of convicts into their communities. She was also the author of legislation requiring certification for mortgage brokers and stiffer penalties for predatory loans.
In June, Ms. Tubbs Jones voted against emergency supplemental financing for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I feel it important that we have a plan for a timely redeployment of our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan before we continue funding what has become a seemingly endless war,” she said at the time.
When Congress officially ratified President Bush’s re-election in January 2005, Ms. Tubbs Jones joined Senator Barbara Boxer, Democrat of California, in initiating a rare challenge to what has historically been a polite formal ceremony. They were objecting to accepting Ohio’s 20 electoral votes for Mr. Bush, citing voting irregularities in the state.
Instead of holding a courteous joint session to certify the election, lawmakers were forced to retreat to their separate chambers for two hours of debate. In the end, the House voted 267 to 31 against the challenge; in the Senate, the vote was 74 to 1.
Stephanie Tubbs was born in Cleveland on Sept. 10, 1949. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1971 and received her law degree there three years later.
From 1976 to 1979, she was an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor. In 1981, she won election as a Cleveland Municipal Court judge, and 10 years later she was appointed chief prosecutor.
As chief prosecutor, Ms. Tubbs Jones was at the center of a controversy in 1998 when she refused to reopen an investigation into the 1954 murder of the wife of Dr. Sam Sheppard, dismissing new DNA evidence that Dr. Sheppard’s supporters said would have exonerated him.
The case had received nationwide coverage in the 1950s. Dr. Sheppard spent 10 years in prison before the Supreme Court ruled that his trial had been prejudiced by publicity. He was acquitted at a second trial, in 1966, and died in 1970. With the new evidence, Dr. Sheppard’s son was seeking to collect damages on behalf of his father. Ms. Tubbs Jones argued that the new DNA results would be inadmissible because the samples were too old.
Ms. Tubbs Jones’s husband of 27 years, Mervyn L. Jones Sr., died in 2003. She is survived by her son, Mervyn II.
August 20, 2008 11:06 PM

The Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH).
Today, GOD has called one of his devout disciples home. The untimely departure of our beloved friend and fearless leader, Chairwoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones is indescribable.” said Congresswoman Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

This is an enormously solemn day for Members of Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus family, Ohio residents and the world. Chairwoman Tubbs Jones was undoubtedly a true steward of the people. She dedicated her life to ensure that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was afforded to every American. Her command of the law was only matched by her boundless sense of integrity.
 Chairwoman Tubbs Jones’ illustrious career included a crowd of firsts. She was the first African American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. She was the first African American female to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee. She was the first African American and the first female to serve as Cuyahoga County, Ohio Prosecutor. She was the first African American woman to sit on the Common Pleas bench in the State of Ohio.

In the halls of Congress she was revered by her colleagues as a fair, yet firm Chair of the Standard of Official Conduct Committee. Throughout Ohio communities, she was celebrated for her tireless advocacy and intervention. Within the Congressional Black Caucus family she will be forever cherished and gravely missed.
Our collective prayers and condolences are extended to her son Mervyn Jones, II, her sister Barbara, her entire family, her staff and the host of loved ones who knew and loved her.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus will proudly continue to uphold the legacy of our leader, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and earnestly pay tribute to her life and service through all our endeavors.

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