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Going HomeBlack Representatives and Their Constituents$
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Richard F. Fenno

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226241302

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226241326.001.0001

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones 2000–2002

Stephanie Tubbs Jones 2000–2002

(p.190) Chapter 6 Stephanie Tubbs Jones 2000–2002
Going Home
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In November 1998, Stephanie Tubbs Jones was elected to Congress from Ohio's Eleventh Congressional District. This chapter examines her representational relationships as they appeared in these early years of her tenure. It focuses on her perceptions and her activities, and compares her representational relationships to those of Lou Stokes, to explain their similarities and differences, together with their continuities and changes—if not in measurable magnitudes, at least in observable tendencies. For Tubbs Jones's representational relationships, her actual performance in elective offices was not as helpful as it was with Barbara Jordan and Chaka Fattah, both of whom started early and worked single-mindedly to run for, and to serve in, a legislative office. Goals and strategies displayed at the state legislative level provided them with guidelines in identifying their goals and strategies at the national legislative level. The actual development of Tubbs Jones's representational relationships has depended heavily on the constituency context and her perceptions thereof. The geographical constituency she inherited from Lou Stokes is, as it always had been, a majority-black district, and its black voters are solidly Democratic.

Keywords:   Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Congressional District, representational relationships, Lou Stokes, majority-black district

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