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From Congressional Quarterly Politics:

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones died Wednesday in an Ohio hospital after suffering an aneurysm a day earlier, according to a senior House Democratic aide.

Tubbs Jones, a Democrat who has represented Ohio’s 11th District since 1999 and was chairwoman of the House’s ethics committee, suffered the aneurysm Tuesday night while driving near her hometown of Cleveland.

Tubbs Jones, who would have turned 60 on Sept. 10, was scheduled to attend the Democratic National Convention next week as a superdelegate.

“Tuesday’s condition followed a full day of activity, including planning for an upcoming forum on electoral reform, scheduled for September 4, 2008 at Cleveland State University,” according to a statement released earlier Wednesday from her office. She was admitted to Huron Hospital.

Tubbs Jones was among the five black members who claimed committee chairmanships when the Democrats ascended to the majority in 2007.

A dyed-in-the-wool Clintonista, Tubbs Jones was one of the most influential black Democrats in Congress. Update: People must really want this woman gone, because there are several conflicting reports out there. But apparently, she's in critical condition and not expected to recover. Now CQ is saying:

Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones was in critical condition Wednesday in an Ohio hospital, her doctors said, amid conflicting reports that she had died.

Jones suffered an aneurysm late Tuesday while driving, which caused a brain hemorrhage and left her with “very limited brain function,” according to a spokesman for Huron Hospital in East Cleveland, Ohio.

Sources, including congressional aides, had said earlier that Tubbs Jones had died.

Update #2: She died last night around 6 p.m. My sincere condolences to her family, constituents, and sisters in Delta Sigma Theta.

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The Breaking Point said...

Is this so? I'm reading reports that she's in critical condition, not deceased.

In either case, I hope for the best for her and her family.

CNEL said...

This is quite shocking. Given some of the interesting characters in Congress, she seemed to understand the value of being a servant leader.