Mike Jones

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Mike L. Jones, Jr.

Alabama State Representative
for District 92 (Coffee, Covington, and Escambia counties)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
November 3, 2010
Preceded by Seth Hammett

Born December 12, 1966
Citizenship American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Katherine Harper "Kathy" Jones
Children Olivia and Sophia Jones
Residence Andalusia
Covington County

Alabama

Alma mater Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College

Birmingham Southern University
University of Alabama School of Law

Occupation Lawyer
Religion Southern Baptist deacon

Mike L. Jones, Jr. (born December 12, 1966), is a lawyer from Andalusia, Alabama, who has since 2010 represented District 92 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district encompasses Coffee, Covington, and Escambia counties in the southeastern portion of the state.

An Eagle Scout, Jones graduated in 1985 from Andalusia High School and studied at the Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College, also in Andalusia. He received his Bachelor of Science from Birmingham Southern University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa. He is a former municipal judge and special circuit judge. He is a former chairman of the Downtown Andalusia Redevelopment Authority. From 2000 to 2008, he sat on the Andalusia City Council member, and in the second term was the mayor pro tem. He is a member of the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce and Alabama Easter Seals. He is a member of the National Rifle Association and the South Alabama Gun Club. He is a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Andalusia.[1][2] 

In 2010, the Democratic incumbent representative for District 92, Seth Hammett, did not seek reelection. Jones entered the Republican primary election and defeated intraparty rival Greg White, 3,569 (63.3 percent) to 2,070 (36.7 percent). Then with 6,820 votes (52.1 percent), he defeated in the November 2 general election both the Independent candidate, Don Cotton, who received 3,180 votes (24.3 percent)  and the Democrat David S. Darby. who finished last with 3,086 votes (23.6 percent). In 2014, Jones was unopposed in both his party primary and in the general election.[2]

With his legal background, Jones was chosen the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.[1]

In 2013, Representative Jones voted to establish health care standards for abortion facilities in Alabama. In 2014, he voted to prohibit abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child. He voted to permit display of the Ten Commandments on public property, a measure which passed the House, 77-19. He supported drug testing for certain recipients of the public welfare system. In 2015, Jones sponsored legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. He voted to establish public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He opposed the bill to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measure approved by the full House, 52-43. He did not vote on the increase the  cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52-46. In 2016, Jones supported legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He voted for additional funding for new prison facilities, a measure which passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, he voted to authorize midwives to practice in his state, a measure which won House approval, 84-11. He voted to reduce the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic monuments, which passed the House, 72-29. He voted to bar judicial override of sentencing guidelines, which passed the House, 78-19.[3]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mike Jones, Jr.'s Biography. Retrieved on October 24, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mike Jones, Jr. (Alabama). Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 24, 2017.
  3. Mike Jones, Jr.'s  Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 22, 2017.