Barbara Charline Jordan was born in Houston, Texas. Barbara was the first to serve in the United States Congress because she was the first African American woman from a southern state. Barbara was traveling in segregated buses sitting on the seats labeled colored to attend college at Texas Southern University. Barbara graduated from Texas Southern University and received a law degree from Boston University. Barbara was earnest in her belief that she could make her mark in laws.

I always wanted to be something unusual Barbara said. Barbara never wanted to be run-of-the-mill. Indeed Barbara Charline Jordan life and career have not been ordinary. Her accomplishments as a lawmaker are outstanding. Barbara began practicing law in her hometown of Houston and became a country judge assistant. In the Democratic Party in the 1976 Barbara Charline Jordan became the first black keynote speaker at a National Convention of the party.

Barbara was a Texas Democrat, was a member of the House of Representatives from 1973-1979. Barbara listened in awe as Edith Sampson a black woman lawyer from Chicago spoke. She was the first black to hold a seat there since 1883. In 1979 she Barbara became a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. A few years later she was elected to the Texas state senate committees, Barbara ran for congress and became the first black congress person to be elected from the deep south since the turnoff the century.

She served three very successful terms of office. Of her accomplishments, many civil rights leaders wanted Barbara to join them in their organizations to fight for justice for African Americans. But seeing herself as a lawmaker first and foremost, Barbara preferred to make changes within the legal and governmental system. Barbara has been a professor at the University of Teas since 1979. She is currently the special advisor on ethics to the governor of Texas. Her approach is to respect the humanity of everybody.