Blacks in Politics, Part 2
Courtesy of AP
On 20 August 2008, U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones unexpectedly passed away. In 1998 Tubbs Jones was elected to the House following in the footsteps of the longtime black Representative, Louis Stokes. Tubbs Jones was the first African American woman elected to the House from Ohio and was reelected representative for the Eleventh Congressional District of Ohio four times by an overwhelming majority of votes. A liberal Democrat, Tubbs Jones worked to pass legislation to fine predatory lenders and to expand health care to all in need. Tubbs Jones was noted for her vocal opposition to the reelection of President George W. Bush in 2004. She, along with Senator Barbara Boxer, objected to accepting Ohio's electoral votes, citing voting irregularities. During her time in the House, Tubbs Jones chaired the House Ethics Committee and also served on the Ways and Means Committee.