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Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan
Full Name: Barbara Charline Jordan
Date of birth: February 21, 1936
Date of death: January 17, 1996

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 11 Jan 14, 1969 - Jan 9, 1973 62nd (1)   61st   Democrat Houston / Harris Senate President Pro Tempore (62nd)   Harris
S 11 Jan 10, 1967 - Jan 14, 1969 60th (2)   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris
(1) 62nd Legislature - Senate President Pro Tempore, 2nd C.S., elected 3/28/1972; and Ad Interim 2nd C.S., elected 3/30/1972. Senate Journal.
(2) 60th Legislature - Drawing for Terms of Office, 1/11/1967, p. 19. Drew 2-year term. Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Selected Newspaper articles
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 60th Legislature, R.S., SR 749, appreciation for contribution and dedicated service to her State. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 61st Legislature, R.S., SR 180, removal of "Men Only" sign from Senate Members Lounge. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 61st Legislature, R.S., SR 188. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 61st Legislature, R.S., SR 828, Honorary Doctor of Laws, Boston University, May 18, 1969. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 62nd Legislature, R.S., SR 428. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 63rd Legislature, R.S., SR 286, commissioning an artist to paint a portrait of the Honorable Barbara Jordan to be displayed in the Senate. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 75th Legislature, R.S., HCR 90. Resolutions - Memorial.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • JORDAN, Barbara Charline (1936-1996). Representative, TX. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-Present.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 166-167, 199. Black Women in Texas History, 2008.
  • Photo and biographical sketch, Barbara Charline Jordan, pp. 145-151. First black state senator since 1883, first African American woman in Texas legislature, first black woman from southern state and first black Texan in Congress. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, 2000.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 65-69. Extraordinary Texas Women, 2008.
  • JORDAN, BARBARA CHARLINE (1936-1996). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photos and biographical sketch. Profiles in Power: Twentieth-Century Texans in Washington, 2004.
  • Biographical sketch, "Barbara Jordan: The Paradox of Black Female Ambition." Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, 2015.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Barbara Jordan, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Barbara Jordan, 60th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Barbara Jordan, 61st Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Barbara Jordan, 62nd Legislature, 62nd Legislature, Senate Media
  • Photograph. Barbara Jordan, 62nd Legislature, 62nd Legislature, Senate Media
  • Photograph. Barbara Jordan, 62nd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 60th session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 61st session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • 62nd session composite photo of Senate members (Ground floor corridor, south wall. GE.C1). State Preservation Board.
  • Other Resources
  • Photo and election to Texas Legislature, p. 110. Austin Lawyers: A Legacy of Leadership and Service, 2005.
  • Relatives: Barbara Jordan - great-granddaughter, Edward Patton - great-grandfather. Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923-1999, 2000.
  • Press release, Barbara Jordan appointed special counselor to the Governor, 12/5/1990. Governor Ann W. Richards.
  • Legislative Project includes tape-recorded interviews, Oral History Collection, University of North Texas.
  • Civil rights involvement and legislative career discussed in Merlene Pitre, "Texas and the Master Civil Rights Narrative: A Case Study of Black Females in Houston," October 2012, pp. 125-137. Southwestern Historical Quarterly.
  • Jordan, Barbara Charline. Texas State Cemetery.
  • Barbara Jordan's Democratic Convention keynote address, New York, New York, July 12, 1976, Who then will speak for the common good? Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Barbara Jordan's Democratic Convention keynote address, New York, New York, July 13, 1992, Change: from what to what? Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Frances Tarlton 'Sissy' Farenthold: A Noble Citizen, April 23-24, 2015, conference program, photo of Sissy Farenthold and Barbara Jordan. Presented by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Committee Informationtop
    62nd R.S. - 1971
    Drug Study, Interim  
    Education  
    Environment  
    Finance  
    Intergovernmental Relations  
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Jurisprudence  
    Labor and Management Relations (Chair) 
    Legislative, Congressional and Judicial Districts (Vice Chair) 
    Nominations  
    Personnel Policy  
    Prairie View A&M College, Investigation  
    Prairie View A&M College, Investigation, Special  
    Privileges and Elections  
    State Affairs  
    State Departments and Institutions  
    Youth Affairs  
    61st R.S. - 1969
    Education  
    Election Law (Vice Chair) 
    Finance  
    Jurisprudence  
    Labor and Management Relations (Chair) 
    Legislative, Congressional, and Judicial Districts  
    Lunar Landing Commission  
    Military and Veterans Affairs  
    Penal Servitude and Parole  
    Privileges and Elections (Vice Chair) 
    Public Health  
    State Affairs  
    Urban Affairs (Chair) 
    Welfare Reform  
    Youth Affairs  
    60th R.S. - 1967
    Education  
    Emergency Hospital Treatment  
    Interstate Cooperation  
    Jurisprudence  
    Labor and Management Relations (Vice Chair) 
    Nominations  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Slums and Slum Clearance  
    State Affairs  
     

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