The Democratic convention just got less boisterous

A brief eulogy for Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African-American woman elected to Congress in Ohio.

Published August 21, 2008 2:54PM (EDT)

It is with tremendous sadness that Broadsheet acknowledges the death of Ohio Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. The first African-American woman elected to Congress in Ohio, she was 58 when she suffered an aneurysm while driving her car in Cleveland on Tuesday night. Tubbs Jones was a smart, funny and liberal politician who spent much of the past year as one of Hillary Clinton's most spirited and effective surrogates, and in June cast her energetic support behind Barack Obama. We were looking forward to seeing her at next week's Democratic convention, and we're sure that the gathering will be quieter, less boisterous and, honestly, a little less fun without her. Our thoughts are with her family.

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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