H. Alexander Robinson

NBJC Celebrates the Life of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Filed By H. Alexander Robinson | August 22, 2008 9:00 AM | comments

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Tags: Alexander Robinson, Cleveland, Congress, Leslye Huff, National Black Justice Coalition, NBJC, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Tubbs Jones

WASHINGTON, DC --The fervor, passion and dedication of American Politics lost one of its greatest and colorful leaders. U.S. Congresswoman, Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio (D-11) passed away Wednesday evening leaving her family, a constituency and a legacy of social justice and leadership as her contribution to life.

A Groundbreaking Progressive Leader

Stephanie Tubbs Jones was elected in 1998 as the first Black woman to represent Ohio in Congress. Congresswoman Tubbs-Jones was no stranger to the support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. A five-term Democrat, Tubbs Jones was a vigorous supporter of LGBT rights.

During her time in office, Tubbs Jones voted against banning gay adoptions in DC, strongly favored same-sex domestic partnership benefits, fought for increased funding for AIDS treatment & prevention and supported more funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes.

In 2007, she voted for the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, legislation which would prohibit job discrimination based upon sexual orientation. In 2006 she voted against constitutionally defining marriage exclusively between a man and a woman. She also voted in 2004 against banning gay marriage and in 1999 voted against banning gay adoptions.

Tubbs Jones also championed a number of other progressive issues in the areas of education, environment, healthcare, gun control, and foreign policy. At the time of her death, she sat as Chair of the Committee on Standards, was a member of the Ways and Means Committee, and subcommittees on Health, Oversight and Social Security.

Leslye Huff, Esq. of Cleveland, OH and a member of NBJC Board of Directors had this to say about Congresswoman Tubbs:

Our state, our city, the U.S. Congress and the nation has lost a clarion voice for the cause of justice and equality. She will be missed by us all. We celebrate her contributions and send our heartfelt condolences to her family.

Congresswoman Tubbs Jones was a leader like none other. She spent the last 10 years of her life in congress serving the state of Ohio and the nation with decisiveness, fairness, and integrity. She will be deeply missed by all who loved and admired her.

The National Black Justice Coalition, www.nbjc.org , is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Our mission is to end racism and homophobia.

As America's only nationwide Black gay civil rights organization, we are the authoritative source on LGBT issues as they affect Black communities.


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Wilson46201 | August 22, 2008 9:11 AM

Our new, progressive Democratic Congressman for Indianapolis, André Carson, stated:

"I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and constituents of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. She was not only one of the most beloved Members of Congress, but she was also a close friend and confidant of the Carson family and we will all miss her terribly.

"Congresswoman Jones will always be remembered for her infectiously pleasant personality and her kind and welcoming demeanor. The commitment and strong sense of loyalty that she had towards her constituents was endearing to us all.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, staff and colleagues."

William D. Lindsey William D. Lindsey | August 22, 2008 9:27 AM

Stephanie Tubbs Jones was an outstanding citizen, whose memory deserves to live on and who should be celebrated today, in a political world in which people are all too quick to guard their own turf rather than tear down the walls that divide one marginalized group from another.

Her rare courage, and her willingness to build bridges, should be an inspiration to the next generation of leaders.