- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 20, 2008

UPDATED:

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Ohio Democrat and the first black woman to represent the state in Congress, had a brain hemorrhage and was in critical condition with limited brain function, a doctor said Wednesday.

Mrs. Tubbs Jones, 58, suffered the hemorrhage while driving her car in Cleveland Heights on Tuesday, said Dr. Gus Kious, president of Huron Hospital in East Cleveland.

The congresswoman had been driving erratically, and her vehicle crossed lanes of traffic before coming to a stop, police said. A police officer found Mrs. Tubbs Jones in medical distress, a police statement said.

The hemorrhage was in an inaccessible part of the congresswoman’s brain, Dr. Kious said during a news conference. A team of doctors who evaluated her determined she has limited brain function.



Family friend Joe Hewitt asked people to pray for the congresswoman.

“She’s a great lady, and we’ve done so much together,” said Sen. George Voinovich, Ohio Republican. “I hope she’s going to be OK… . I hope the good Lord sees her through this.”

First elected in 1998, Mrs. Tubbs Jones was one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s biggest boosters during the primaries. She backed Sen. Barack Obama in June and is a superdelegate at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Mrs. Tubbs Jones, who represents Ohio’s heavily Democratic 11th District, chairs the ethics committee in the House. She was also the first black woman to serve on the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

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