One Less Truth-Teller

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Democrat of Ohio, died yesterday after suffering a burst brain aneurysm.

Tubbs Jones, 58, was the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress. She was first elected in 1998 to represent Ohio’s 11th District, which includes Cleveland, and in the 110th Congress served as chair of the House Ethics Committee.

Those are the facts that any obituary would report. They’re impressive enough to convince readers that the world has lost a trail-blazer and a woman of great substance.

Rooflines marks her passing with sadness, as the loss of a determined champion of the least among us, an advocate of affordable housing, and a passionate seeker after social and economic justice.

When a truth-teller dies, the world is diminished.

Alice Chasan served as editor and associate publisher of Shelterforce from 2007 to 2008.


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