Tim Jones (politician)

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Timothy W. Jones
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 89th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2007
Preceded byJack Jackson
Personal details
BornMay 25, 1971
Saint Paul, Minnesota
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Suzanne Jones
ChildrenTwo daughters
ResidenceEureka, Missouri
Alma materSt. John's University (juris doctor)
Fordham University (Bachelor of Arts)
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCatholic
Websitewww.timwjones.org
 
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Timothy W. Jones
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 89th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
2007
Preceded byJack Jackson
Personal details
BornMay 25, 1971
Saint Paul, Minnesota
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Suzanne Jones
ChildrenTwo daughters
ResidenceEureka, Missouri
Alma materSt. John's University (juris doctor)
Fordham University (Bachelor of Arts)
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCatholic
Websitewww.timwjones.org

Timothy W. (Tim) Jones (born May 25, 1971) is a Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 89th district, which encompasses a portion of St. Louis County. Jones served as the House Majority Leader for the 96th General Assembly and now serves as Speaker of the House, a position he will hold for the remainder of the 96th General Assembly and during the 97th General Assembly if Republicans maintain the majority.[1] Jones is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, serving as Missouri state leader.[2]

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Personal life

Tim Jones was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the son of JoAnn and Dr. William C. Jones, a U.S. Army veterinarian. The family moved to the Greater St. Louis area in 1972, where Tim spent his childhood. After graduating from St. Louis University High School in 1989, Jones attended Fordham University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 with a double major in English and Russian Studies. Jones then attended St. John's University School of Law, where he received his juris doctorate in 1996.

When not involved with his legislative duties, Jones is employed as an attorney with the Saint Louis, Missouri based law firm of DosterUllom, LLC, where he focuses on business services and litigation, as well as civil and criminal litigation.

Representative Jones resides in Eureka, Missouri with his wife, Suzanne, and their two daughters. They attend the Most Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eureka, where Jones is a past president of the church's Parish Council.

Additionally, Jones is a member of many local civic organizations in the West St. Louis County region including: the West St. Louis County Lions Club; the Eureka Historical Society; the Eureka Library Project, the Family Enrichment Resource Program, the Eureka and Chesterfield Chambers of Commerce, and is involved in the Rockwood School District Partners in Education and in the Missouri Bar Continuing Legal Education program, where he is a frequent lecturer and published author.[3][4]

Political career

In 2006, Tim Jones announced his candidacy to replace the outgoing Jack Jackson in the Missouri House of Representatives. Jones garnered 53% of the vote in a 3-way Republican primary race that August, and ran unopposed in the November general election. In 2008, Jones received the endorsement of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as he defeated Democrat George (Boots) Weber with over 72% of the vote. Tim Jones ran unopposed again in November 2010 to win his third term in the Missouri House.[5] Under Missouri term limit law, Representative Jones is allowed to run for one final two-year term in the House in 2012.

During the 2010 General Election, Jones and Speaker of the House Steve Tilley worked together with other Missouri Republicans to achieve a majority of 106 Republican House Members, the largest-ever Republican majority in the Missouri House of Representatives. The previous record was 103 during the 1929 and 1930 legislative sessions. In all, Republicans gained 17 seats in the election, defeating 10 Democratic incumbents and winning 7 seats previously held by retiring Democrats.[6]

In November 2010, fellow Republicans unanimously elected Jones as House Majority Floor Leader.[7] In September of 2011, Jones was unanimously elected by the Missouri House Republican Caucus as "Speaker-Designate".[8] During the 2012 Veto Session, Jones was sworn in as Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, and if the House retains their majority he is expected to retain office as speaker for the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions.[9][10]

Representative Jones is considered a probable candidate for Missouri statewide office in either 2014 (when he is term limited in the House) or in 2016.

Participation in "Birther" lawsuit

In February, 2009 Representative Jones, at the urging of a constituent, signed a petition and agreed to participate with a large number of other Republicans as a plaintiff in a lawsuit by attorney/dentist Orly Taitz against President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates,. The lawsuit alleged that President Obama is not the lawful Commander in Chief, based on the allegation that he is not a "natural born citizen." [11][12] However, the lawsuit was dismissed on October 29, 2009 by Federal Judge David Carter.[13] When asked by the political website PoliticMo for comment on the lawsuits dismissal Representative Jones replied:

"Yeah I really don't have any comment on that story. It's something from several years ago and I've never really made that a really important part of anything I've done."

When asked if he believed President Obama was an American citizen Jones replied, "I think that matter was resolved, and so however it was resolved, I have not taken any further action."[14]

Legislative assignments

In addition to his post as Speaker of the Missouri House, Rep. Jones serves on the following committees:[15]

2008 General Election for Missouri’s 89th District House of Representatives[16]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanTim Jones14,24772.6Winner
DemocraticGeorge (Boots) Weber5,37027.4
2006 Primary Election for Missouri’s 89th District House of Representatives[17]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanTim Jones1,40853.0Winner
RepublicanStephen (Steve) Banton1,15943.6
RepublicanScott Dickenson923.5

References

  1. ^ "Member Listing". Missouri House of Representatives. http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=089&year=2012. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ http://www.alec.org/about-alec/state-chairmen/
  3. ^ "Member Biography". Missouri House of Representatives. http://house.mo.gov/bio.aspx?year=2012&district=089. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  4. ^ "About Tim Jones". Citizens for Timothy W. Jones. http://timwjones.com/?page_id=2. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  5. ^ "Missouri 2010 Election Reporting". Missouri Secretary of State. 2010-11-03. http://www.sos.mo.gov/enrweb/raceresults.asp?eid=300&oid=67638&arc=1. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley Resigns". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 2012-08-14. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/missouri-house-speaker-steve-tilley-resigns/article_2e703bef-c151-5205-b908-260ec302187c.html. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  7. ^ "Rep. Tim Jones Elected Incoming House Majority Floor Leader". Missouri House Communications (retrieved via Missives from Missouri). 2010-11-03. http://missivesfrommo.blogspot.com/2010/11/rep-tim-jones-elected-incoming-house.html. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  8. ^ "Eurekan Tim Jones Will Be Speaker of the House". Eureka-Wildwood Patch. 2011-09-09. http://eureka-wildwood.patch.com/articles/eurekan-tim-jones-will-be-speaker-of-house. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  9. ^ "Rep. Tim Jones Elected Speaker of the House". Missouri House Communications. 2012-09-12. http://house.mo.gov/news.aspx?news=true&id=506. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  10. ^ "Welcome Mr. Speaker". The St. Louis Business Journal. 2012-09-14. http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/print-edition/2012/09/14/welcome-mr-speaker.html. Retrieved 2012-09-20. 
  11. ^ "Brutal Ruling Quashes Birthers' Lawsuit". Politico.com. October 29, 2009. http://www.politico.com/blogs/joshgerstein/1009/Brutal_ruling_quashes_birthers_suit.html. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  12. ^ "Rep. Jones Joins Lawsuit". Notoriously Conservative.com. 2009-02-23. http://www.notoriouslyconservative.com/2009/02/rep-tim-jones-mo-joins-latest-lawsuit.html. Retrieved 201-04-26. 
  13. ^ http://www.politico.com/pdf/PPM145_birtherrlg.pdf Judicial Decision, October 29, 2009]
  14. ^ "Rep. Jones dismisses Orly Taitz Support". PoliticMo.com. 2010-11-05. http://politicmo.com/2010/11/05/state-rep-jones-dismisses-orly-taitz-support/. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  15. ^ "Member Listing". Missouri House of Representatives. http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?district=089&year=2012. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  16. ^ Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives-November 4, 2008 General Election-District 89-Retrieved March 29, 2009
  17. ^ Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives-August 8, 2006 Primary Election-District 89-Retrieved March 29, 2009

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