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Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

                                                                                                 August 27, 2008
To All CHTU Members:
The sudden passing of U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones has left an incredible void not only for the residents of the 11th Congressional District, but for the nation as a whole and particularly for children, educators, and working people.
I am sure you have read the many tribute and accolades to Representative Tubbs-Jones that confirm the tremendous influence she had on public policies over the last ten years since her election, especially in the areas of women’s’ rights, affordable housing and health care, and quality education for all children. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to the U.S Congress from Ohio after a distinguished career as a judge and a county prosecutor. Representative Tubbs-Jones emerged as an influential leader in congress and served as chair of the House Ethics Committee. 
Every two years, the AFT publishes the voting records of all members of Congress on issues of importance to teachers, public employees, and union members overall. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones record was consistently aligned with and loyal to our positions. She was one of the legislators who took the time to appear at our Local 795 Union Banquet, and if she couldn’t attend would always send a member of her staff to convey her good wishes.
A bright light has gone out in Northeastern Ohio and in Washington. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and constituents of Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.
Tom Schmida, President

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