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Ohio Congresswoman Dies August 21, 2008

Posted by Reginald Johnson in African-American, Blacks, Celebrity, Domestic Issues, Government, Healthcare, Life, Medical, Minority Issues, News, U.S. Congress, Washington.

The House of Representatives and the Democratic lost what many refer to as a courageous fighter for those whom other government officials have forgotten.  U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Cleveland Clinic spokesperson, Eileen Sheil, said the 58-year old congresswoman died of a brain hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm that burst and left her with limited brain function.  The hospital where the congresswoman died in (the Huron Hospital in East Cleveland) is owned by Cleveland Clinic.

A brain aneurysm is a bulge in an artery in the brain. It can leak or rupture, causing bleeding in the brain.

Tuesday night Congresswoman Tubbs Jones was driving her car in Cleveland Heights when she suffered the hemorrhage.  The official police report states that her car then went out of control and crossed several lanes of traffic before coming to a stop.  A nearby policeman found the distressed lawmaker behind the wheel.

When the congresswoman was admitted she was alive but throughout the course of the day and into this evening her medical condition declined.

Tubbs Jones first came onto the national scene by winning her first House seat in 1998.  The liberal Democrat won the heavily Democratic 11th District.  She chaired the ethics committee in the House.  Not only was she the first black woman to represent Ohio in the House, she was also the first black woman to serve on the massively powerful Ways and Means Committee.

While as a member of the committee, she strongly was adamant in protesting and opposing President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and his efforts to create personal accounts within Social Security.  Tubbs Jones was also a strong critic of the Iraq war, and in 2002 voted against using military force.  She knew her vote might be unpopular to many but she felt all diplomatic options had not been exhausted.

She worked tirelessly to expand the rights of all Americans, especially those that felt like government had forgotten about them a long time ago.

Tubbs Jones was a firm supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton during the primaries.  It has been noted that she was felt Clinton could bring the country back to the social boom of her husband’s administration.  She eventually fell into the democratic wave of Obama supporters.   This was in June. She was to have been a superdelegate at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Obama called Tubbs Jones “an extraordinary American and an outstanding public servant.”

Interestingly enough, in March 2002, just as the war was starting, she was one of only 11 House members to oppose a resolution supporting U.S. troops in Iraq.  She has often been quoted as saying, “I completely support the soldiers doing their job, but I am not in support of sending these brave American men and women into harms way.”

She said she opposed the war because the resolution connected Iraq to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and said Iraq poses a continued threat to the United States.

She affirmed that neither of those claims had been proved.  She also saw this as the main reason why the United States couldn’t persuade the United Nations to support an attack.

Tubbs Jones has consistently been known as an outspoken critic of the political right and specifically President Bush’s administration.

On the House floor she has received notary of being a very passionate speaker.  He had been known to have the ability to inspire crowds at political rallies.

She will be missed.


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