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Barbara Jordan
   
 
 
 
  Barbara Jordan Haiku
 
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
A champion of the poor and disadvantaged, Jordan sponsored the Workmen's Compensation Act, increasing maximum benefits paid to injured workers and the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. She won a seat in the Texas Senate in 1966 becoming the first African American state senator since 1883 and the first black woman to serve in that body. Jordan was considered by President Jimmy Carter for Attorney General or Ambassador to the United Nations, but chose to remain in the U.S. House. She received national recognition for becoming the first African American to keynote a major political convention in 1976.