Last updated on: 1/3/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Barbara C. Jordan, JD Biography

Title:
Former U.S. Representative (D-TX)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: Those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave. …for the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process.”

“Testimony to House Immigration Subcommittee,” Feb. 24, 1995

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Adjunct professor, Public Affairs, University of Texas, 1980 – 1995
  • Awarded, United States Military Academy’s Sylvanus Thayer Award, 1995
  • Awarded, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1994
  • Elected to the Texas and National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • U.S. Representative (D-TX), 1972 – 1979
  • State Senator, Texas, 1966 – 1972
  • Acting Governor of Texas (one day), 1972
Education:
  • JD, Boston University Law School, 1959
  • Graduate, magna cum laude, Texas Southern University, 1956
  • Attended Wheatley High School
Other:
  • Passed away on Jan. 17, 1996
  • First African-American female to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Texas State Senate
  • President Bill Clinton stated that he wanted to nominate Jordan for the United States Supreme Court
  • Jordan lay in state at the LBJ Library, The University of Texas at Austin