Stephanie Tubbs Jones

When I first came to know Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who died Aug. 20 of a brain aneurysm at the age of 58, she was very young. I had never seen anybody so energetic. She was bouncy and bubbly and charismatic. When she entered a room, the character of that room changed. People loved that beautiful smile she had. No other candidate on the judicial circuit at the time had that kind of appeal.

In 1998 I told her I was going to announce my retirement from Congress and wanted her to start thinking about replacing me. She did, and she won....

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