Jordan, Barbara Charline
1936 - 1996

Alias: Barbara Charline
Born: 2/21/1936 in Houston, Texas
Died: 1/17/1996
Ethnicity: African American/Black
Professional Facts

Regions and States of Practice:
DC, South
TX, South
Legal Education:
Boston University School of Law, 1959
Positions During Her Career:
Adminstrative Assistant to the County Judge of Harris County (1959-1966)
Texas senator (1966-?)
President Pro Tempore of the Texan Senate (1972)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1972-1977)
Taught at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin (1977-1993)
Chairwoman of the United States Commission on Immigration Reform (1994-1995)
African-American woman elected to the Texas Senate (1966)
African-American woman Adminstrative Assistant to the County Judge of Harris County (1959)
African-American woman governor (for a day) in the United States (1972)
African-American Texan in the U.S. Congress (1977)
President William Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1994)

Further Research Materials

Susan Ware (Editor) and Stacy Braukman, Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary Completing The Twentieth Century. The Bellknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts 2004.
Life of Barbara Jordan
Barbara Boxer, Life of Barbara Jordan, 142 Cong. Rec. S282, January 22, 1996, available at:
Tribute to the Late Hon. Barbara Jordan
Sheila Jackson-Lee, Eva M. Clayton, Scott McInnis, Charles B. Rangel, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Christopher Shays, John Conyers Jr., William (Bill) Clay, Donald M. Payne, Tribute to the Late Hon. Barbara Jordan, 142 Cong. Rec. H822, January 24, 1996, available at:
Dawn Bradley Berry, The 50 Most Influential Women in American Law. Los Angeles: Contemporary Books (1996).
Rebecca Mae Salokar and Mary L. Volcansek (Eds.), Women in Law: A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1996).
Jessie Carney Smith (Editor), Notable Black American Women. Detroit : Gale Research (1992)