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Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 9/10/1949 (Cleveland, OH)
Race: Black
Religion: Baptist
Residence: Cleveland, OH
Education: BA in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; JD in Law from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Ohio District 11 

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones was born in 1949 in Cleveland, where she still resides. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and law degree from Case Western Reserve University.

After working as an attorney and administrator for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, she served as an assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor, 1976-79. She then worked as a trial attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Cleveland 1979-81.

In 1981, she was elected judge in Cleveland Municipal Court. She was appointed to the bench in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in 1983 and re-elected twice. She was appointed as Cuyahoga County prosecutor in 1992 and was re-elected twice.

Tubbs Jones was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998.

Her husband, Mervyn, died in October 2003 of a heart attack. The couple had one son.

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones was elected as judge in Cleveland Municipal Court in 1981 and to Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in 1984 and 1988. She lost a race for the Ohio Supreme Court in 1990. Tubbs Jones was elected Cuyahoga County prosecutor in 1992 and 1996.

She was elected to the U.S. House in 1998, defeating Republican James Hereford with 79 percent of the vote, winning the seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Louis Stokes. She was re-elected in 2000 with 84 percent of the vote, defeating Republican James Sykora. In 2002, she easily won re-election over Republican Patrick A. Pappano with 76 percent of the vote.

Tubbs Jones ran unopposed for her fourth term in the 2004 election. Robert Saffold of suburban Shaker Heights ran as a Republican write-in.

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