August 20th in African American History – Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Stephanie Tubbs JonesAugust 20, 2008 Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African American woman elected to Congress from Ohio, died.

Stephanie Tubbs Jones was born September 10, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Case Western Reserve University in 1971 and Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1974.

In 1981, Tubbs Jones was elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court and she subsequently served on the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County from 1983 to 1991. In 1998, Tubbs Jones was elected to the United States House of Representatives where she served until her death.

During her time in Congress, she served on the House Ways and Means Committee and was Chairwoman of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center in Cleveland, Ohio is named in her honor.

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