US representative, born in Houston, Texas, USA. She studied at
Boston University, then practised law in Houston (1960 - 7),
entering Democratic politics in the Texas Senate (1967 - 72), and
continuing in the US House of Representatives (1973 - 9) as the
first black congressman to be elected from the Deep South. In 1974,
she made an influential televised speech before the House Judiciary
Committee supporting the impeachment of President Richard
Jordan was mentioned as a possible running mate to Jimmy Carter
in 1976. Her electrifying speech at the 1976 Democratic National
Convention before illness cut short her political career, is
considered by many historians to have been the best convention
keynote speech in modern history.
She became a professor at the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public
Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin.
She again was a keynote speaker at the Democratic National
Convention in 1992. In 1995, Jordan chaired a Congressional
commission that advocated increased restriction of immigration and
increased penalties on employers that violated U.S. immigration
regulations. Her seat in Congress is currently held by
African-American Democrat Sheila Jackson-Lee.