Candidate Profile from Congressional QuarterlyStephanie Tubbs Jones (D) of Cleveland
Tubbs Jones says her experience as a judge and county prosecutor in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, has prepared her to succeed 15-term Rep. Louis Stokes, an ideological soul mate she calls a "mentor and close friend."
Strengthening Social Security, education and health care are among Tubbs Jones' legislative priorities. She endorses reserving budget surpluses for Social Security and will oppose raising the retirement age.
Tubbs Jones supports making day care more available and less expensive for working families and investing more money in early childhood education programs such as Head Start.
She is concerned about laws that require users of crack cocaine, who often come from racial minorities, to serve longer prison sentences than users of powdered cocaine, who are more often white. Tubbs Jones opposes mandatory sentencing, saying it "takes away, in my opinion, the need for a judge."
She will also work to bolster economic development in her district, a majority-black area taking in Cleveland's east side and some suburban territory.
Tubbs Jones is interested in serving on the Ways and Means Committee, to which freshmen rarely are assigned. She has no other specific posts in mind.
Tubbs Jones is perhaps best known for her refusal earlier this year to re-open a riveting murder case that helped spawn the popular television series "The Fugitive." Many argue that DNA evidence exonerates the late Dr. Sam Sheppard, who was convicted in 1954 of murdering his wife and served a 10-year prison term before being acquitted in a second trial.