U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio tragically died earlier today after suffering brain hemorrhaging caused by an aneurysm.
She was born and raised in Cleveland and worked her way through law school and eventually to being the first ever African American woman elected to Congress from the state of Ohio. She was a vocal advocate for working people and a vocal opponent to the war in Iraq. She was also the first African American woman on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
She was one of Hillary Clinton’s strongest advocates in the 2008 Democratic primary race. She helped spearhead Clinton’s blowout win in Ohio. She went on various media outlets to fight for Clinton, including putting pro-Obama MSNBC anchors and commentators in their place, including the unabashed misogynist and Obama cheerleader, Chris Matthews, the host of “Hardball”.
When pressure was mounting on her to ditch Clinton and go to the Obama side, including having her blackness questioned because she didn’t support Obama, she courageously resisted and stayed with Clinton till the end. While some of her colleagues were jumping ship for political expediency when things got tough for Hillary Clinton, she was a testament to the value of loyalty and integrity. When she was constantly badgered about abandoning Hillary Clinton, by the pro-Obama media, she defiantly responded:
“With all due respect to my colleagues, whoever you are, I firmly believe if you don’t have loyalty and integrity, what do you have? … I am a woman of my word. I will not leave her,”
You will be missed, Stephanie Tubbs Jones!
Hillary Clinton’s statement on the passing of Stephanie Tubbs Jones:
Yesterday, we lost a colleague, a friend, an inspiration, and a champion
for all of us. I am deeply saddened by the death of Congresswoman
Stephanie Tubbs Jones. She was my friend and my sister. She made me
laugh, smile and fired up my spirit when I needed it most.
She had a light that shone for the world to see within her and a fighting
spirit safely stowed behind her disarming smile. Stephanie had so much
integrity and a fiery intelligence that enabled her to become a one-woman
force for progress in our country.
Stephanie was a tireless worker, giving a voice to the voiceless and
always combating injustice. Stephanie spent much of her life fighting for
all Americans and to ensure that everyone had the most precious right –
the right to vote.
All of us who were lucky enough to know her and love her can only strive
to be as much like her as we can — to be as passionate, as loyal, as
hard-charging, and as joyful every single day.
Stephanie was one of a kind, and we will miss our friend forever.
My family’s deepest condolences are with Stephanie’s son, Mervyn, her
family, and her many loved ones, friends, supporters, and her beloved
Ohioans. It is during this tough time that we look back and remember all
the memories and blessings that Stephanie brought into our lives. If you
have a thought, a story, a prayer, or condolences you would like to
share, you can visit our website today so we can rejoice together in the
friendship and love that we have for Stephanie. All the notes and
memories we gather will be sent to her family on behalf of our extended