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Barbara Charline JORDAN

(1936-1996)

JORDAN, Barbara Charline, a Representative from Texas; born in Houston, Harris County, Tex., February 21, 1936; educated in the public schools of Houston, Tex.; graduated, Phillis Wheatley High School, 1952; B.A., Texas Southern University, Houston, Tex., 1956; LL.B., Boston University School of Law, Boston Mass., 1959; admitted to the Massachusetts and Texas bars in 1959 and commenced practice in Houston, Tex., 1960; elected to the Texas senate, 1967; reelected and served until 1972; administrative assistant to county judge, Harris County, Tex., 1966; delegate to Texas State Democratic conventions, 1967, 1969; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1968; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third, Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1979); was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress; at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, professor, 1979-1982, and Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chairman in National Policy, 1982-1986; chair, Commission on Immigration Reform; was a resident of Austin, Tex., until her death there on January 17, 1996; interment in Texas State Cemetery.

Bibliography

“Barbara Charline Jordan” in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008; Jordan, Barbara, and Shelby Hearon. Barbara Jordan: A Self Portrait. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1979.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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