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Former US congresswoman Barbara-Rose Collins dies at 82

Barbara-Rose Collins, seated, Detroit City Council member, defends her position regarding a "No" vote to transfer the Detroit Zoo management from the city to the Detroit Zoological Society, during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at the Municipal Center in Detroit. Collins is surrounded by City Council members, Martha Reeves, from left to right, Sam Riddle, chief of staff, Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, Monica Conyers, president pro tem and JoAnn Watson. Barbara-Rose Collins, who represented Detroit in Congress and served on its City Council, has died after contracting COVID-19. She was 82. Collins’ family confirmed her death Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Amy E. Powers)

DETROIT (AP) — Barbara-Rose Collins, who represented Detroit in Congress and served on its City Council, has died after contracting COVID-19. She was 82.

Collins’ family confirmed her death Thursday to The Detroit News, the newspaper reported.

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Christopher Collins, 51, said his mother died around 2 a.m. Thursday. She had been vaccinated against the coronavirus, but still fell ill and was hospitalized before her death, he said.

“She lived her whole life in the same neighborhood, same house she was born in, on the lower east side,” he added. "That says a lot about a person.”

Barbara-Rose Collins, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House in 1990 after eight years on the City Council. She was defeated for reelection to Congress in 1996 by Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.

She was elected again to the council in 2001 and served until 2009 when she did not seek reelection.

In 1974, Collins was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where she served three terms.

“You could get into a floor fight with her but she would then invite you to her house a few days later,” former Detroit Mayor and City Council President Ken Cockrel Jr. told The Detroit News. “She always understood that it was business and never personal.”

Collins was born in Detroit and graduated in 1957 from Cass Technical High School, according to her U.S. House biography.

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She attended Wayne State University in Detroit, majoring in political science and anthropology.

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