Barbara Jorden

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Barbara Jorden

barbara jorden is born in february 21, 1936 in Houston, Texas. She grew up in a poor neighborhood in Houston, Texas. The daughter of a Baptist minister, her perents wanted her to be smart. Her gift for language and building arguments was apparent in high school, where she was an award-winning debater and orator. After graduating from Texas Southern University in 1956, Jordan continued her studies at Boston University Law School. She was one of the few african-american students in the program. Jordan returned to Texas after earning her degree and set up her law practice. At first, she worked out of her parents' home. Before long, Jordan became active in politics by helping the Democratic presidential ticket of John F. Kennedy and fellow Texan Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1962, Jordan launched her first bid for public office, seeking a spot in the Texas legislature. It took two more tries for her to be famous.In 1966, Jordan finally won a seat in the Texas legislature, becoming the first african-american woman to do so.Jordan won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Jordan to head up the Commission on Immigration duties, honored her with the Presidential Medal, She died two years later, on January 17, 1996, in Austin, Texas.


1936- Barbara is born1956-Graduated from Texas Southern University1962-Jordan launched her first bid for public office1966-Jordan finally won a seat in the Texas legislature1972-Her fellow lawmakers voted her in as president pro tempore of the state senate. Jordan became the first African American woman to hold this post.1994- Jordan got the Presidential Medal of Freedom 1996-barbara death

Barbara Jorden became the Texas senate. Barbara Jorden graduated from Texas Southern University. Barbara Jorden got the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Lasting Impact

She proves that a person of any race and gender can have a political role


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