Barbara Jordan

By Maggie S

Early Life

Barbara Jordan was born in 1936. She grew up in a poor black neighborhood in Houston, Texas and was the daughter of a Baptist Minister. She graduated from Texas Southern University in 1956, and continued her studies at Boston University Law School. She died in 1996

Her Political Career

Barbara Jordan won a seat in the Texas Legislature in 1996, becoming the first black woman to do so. She worked to create the Texas Fair Employment Practices Commision and in 1972 her fellow lawmakers voted her in for the president pro tempore of the state senate. Later in the year, Barbara won the election to the US House Of Representatives.