Stephanie Tubbs Jones

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones served the 11th Congressional district of Ohio between 1999-2008

Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a Democrat, represented the 11th Congressional District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives 1999 between 1999-2008. (map) She died on August 20, 2008.

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Jones voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

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House ethics package confusion

In a letter sent to all Chairs and Ranking Members, Ethics Committee Chair Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Ranking Member Doc Hastings, asked their colleagues for guidance on a provision of the Democratic ethics package. The letter cites in particular a new provision requiring members to register their earmarks and certify that neither they nor their spouses have a “financial interest” in the provision. The letter said that the ethics panel is considering how to define the term “request” and noted that the Rules Committee of the last Congress chose to defer to the incoming committee chairmen on the matter.


Born September 10, 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio, Jones graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for both undergraduate studies and law school. She was elected a municipal judge for Cleveland in 1981 and subsequently served on the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County from 1983-1991. She then served as the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor from 1991 until resigning in early 1999, upon election to the House of Representatives. She was succeeded as prosecutor by William D. Mason.

Aneurysm and Death

On the night of August 19th, 2008, a Cleveland police officer attempted to pull over a car speeding down a local road. After the car eventually rolled to a stop, the officer found Congresswoman Jones unconscious in the driver's seat. Jones had suffered an aneurysm, which caused her to lose consciousness while driving. The Cleveland Heights Fire Department transported her to the Huron Hospital in East Cleveland where she was admitted and placed on life support. Jones passed away after being removed from life support a few hours later. Her doctor reported that the aneurysm was "in an inaccessible part of her brain, and that she had 'limited' brain function in the hours before her death."[2][3]

Congressional career

The first black woman to be elected to Congress from Ohio, Jones is generally characterized as a liberal Democrat. She is a co-chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. In 2004, she served as the chairwoman of the platform committee at the Democratic National Convention and as a member of the Ohio delegation. She strongly supported Sen. John Kerry in his campaign to become President of the United States. On January 6, 2005, she joined Senator Barbara Boxer in objecting to the certification of the 2004 U.S. presidential election results for Ohio.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Lindsey String to face Jones in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Jones retained her seat.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Stephanie Tubbs Jones
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Stephanie Tubbs Jones. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1009 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC, DC 20515-3511
Phone: 202-225-7032
Fax: 202-225-1339
Web Email

District Office- Shaker Heights:
3645 Warrensville Center Road, Suite 204
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Phone: 216-522-4900
Fax: 216-522-4908

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