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August 20, 2008

Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones: Has Died

Stephanie Tubbs Jones (September 10, 1949 - August 20, 2008) was a Democratic politician who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, for the 11th District of Ohio. Her district encompassed most of downtown and eastern Cleveland and many of the eastern suburbs in Cuyahoga County including Euclid, Cleveland Heights, and Shaker Heights. The first African American woman to be elected to Congress from Ohio, she was generally described as a liberal Democrat.

On December 19, 2006, Tubbs Jones was named Chairwoman of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct for the 110th Congress. Tubbs Jones was also a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

On August 19, 2008, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones was taken to a Cleveland hospital where she was put on life support after suffering an aneurysm while driving her car. Police noticed erratic driving and identified the unconscious Tubbs-Jones when the vehicle finally came to a stop in a field. She was on life support in Huron Hospital, a satellite of the Cleveland Clinic. She died Wednesday after suffering brain hemorrhaging caused by an aneurysm, medical officials said. source

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