One of the stories I saw and surely read in 1999 when Stephanie Tubbs Jones became my Congress rep while living in Ohio. It began with this mighty sentence.
Ohio has its first black congresswoman.
The 11th district included the township of Bedford where I lived and worked; it also included parts of Pepper Pike, the location of the college where I finished my degree.
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones is the first African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives from Ohio. Congresswoman Jones is a lifelong resident of the 11th District, which encompasses most of the East Side of Cleveland and parts of the West Side of Cleveland and includes parts of 22 suburbs.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a brief time-line outlining Tubbs Jones’ political career. A concise biography that manages to go from her roots to her place in Washington, D.C. – Channel 5 in Cleveland. WCPN has a program, ‘The Sound of Ideas,’ that is dedicated to those members of Congress including fellow Clevelanders who wanted to honor Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Sherrod Brown is one of those. Brown’s wife, PD columnist Connie Schultz, wrote about Stephanie as well as calling into WCPN during the tributes to Tubbs Jones.
It’s just going to be so difficult finding a replacement for her seat. There is, however, no replacing her.