Jan Laverty Jones

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Jan Laverty Jones
20th Mayor of Las Vegas
In office
1991–1999
Preceded by Ron Lurie
Succeeded by Oscar Goodman
Personal details
Born Janis Lyle Laverty
(1949-03-16) March 16, 1949 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Fletcher Jones, Jr. (divorced)
Dana Blackhurst
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater Stanford University
Profession Businesswoman and politician

Janis Lyle "Jan" Laverty Jones, also known as Jan Jones Blackhurst (born March 16, 1949) is an American businesswoman and politician. She was mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1991 to 1999 and the first woman to serve as mayor of Las Vegas. Jones is a member of the Democratic Party.

Biography[edit]

Jones was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from Stanford University in 1971. She became a recognized figure in Las Vegas in the 1980s, appearing as a spokeswoman in television commercials for her family's supermarket chain, Thriftimart, and later a car dealership owned by her then-husband, Fletcher Jones, Jr. In 1991, she ran for an open seat for mayor and served two terms. Jones ran for Nevada governor twice, losing significantly in the Democratic primary to then-incumbent Bob Miller in 1994, and losing the general election in 1998 to Kenny Guinn. In 1999, she chose not to run for a third term as mayor.

Jones is currently senior vice president of communications and government affairs[1] with Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corporation (formerly Harrah's Entertainment) and sits on the board of directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce. She is married to Dana Blackhurst, an education advocate for learning disabilities who has headed several schools over the years.[citation needed]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Lurie
Mayor of Las Vegas
1991–1999
Succeeded by
Oscar Goodman