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CU-supporter Tubbs Jones dies after brain hemorrhage
WASHINGTON (8/21/08)—Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a co-sponsor of the Credit
Click to view larger image U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) defends credit unions during a Nov. 3, 2005 House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the credit union tax exemption. (Photo provided by CUNA)
Union Regulatory Improvements Act (CURIA, H.R. 1537) and longtime credit union supporter, died yesterday evening after suffering a brain hemorrhage. CBS News reported early in the day that Tubbs Jones was brought to Huron Hospital in Cleveland Tuesday evening after police discovered her in her car. At that time news stories were relating that the congresswoman’s condition was grave and some mistakenly reported her death. However, at 6:40 p.m. ET, Tubbs Jones’ family released a statement from the hospital saying their loved one had died at 6:12 p.m. ET. The Ohio Democrat, 58, and in her fifth term, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998. She was scheduled to be a superdelegate at next week's Democratic National Convention in Denver, and was one of Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) biggest boosters during the primaries, prior to throwing her support to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in June. Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Dan Mica said CUNA and the nation's credit unions were deeply saddened to learn of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones's untimely death. "We worked most closely with her as a cosponsor of CURIA and during her service on the House Ways and Means Committee, where she always had an open-door policy and expressed appreciation for all credit unions to do improve their members' financial well being," said Mica. "This was only fitting in that improving the well being of her constituents was a motivating force for Rep. Tubbs Jones throughout her tenure in Congress." Mica said Tubbs Jones was a skilled legislator, a good friend, and the credit union community will miss her. The Ohio CU League (OCUL) issued a statement remembering her life-long connection with credit unions. John Florian, OCUL vice president of government affairs, said the congresswoman had become one of credit unions’ strongest allies on Capitol Hill during her time in office. Florian added: “Tubbs Jones first showed her support of credit unions while serving on the House Financial Services Committee and, more recently, as a member of the Ways and Means Committee, where she actively worked to maintain the federal tax exempt status for credit unions. During her time in Congress, she consistently voted to support credit unions, and was an early sponsor of CURIA each time the bill was introduced. “Her strong credit union support was rooted in her life-long connections with credit unions located in inner-city Cleveland, and she counted credit union leaders, such as Rita Haynes, CEO of Faith Community United CU, as personal friends. “Ultimately, Congresswoman Tubbs Jones’ passing has monumental significance. Her support of credit unions was unwavering, but that support was simply one manifestation of a compassionate and generous heart that touched her colleagues in Congress, her hometown community of Cleveland, and everyone that was fortunate enough to be graced by her presence.”


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