Brian Jones (politician)

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Brian W. Jones
Brian Jones, California State Assembly (2009).jpg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 71st district
77th district (2010–2012)
In office
December 6, 2010 – November 30, 2016
Preceded by Joel Anderson
Santee City Councillor
In office
December 2, 2002 – December 6, 2010
Succeeded by Rob McNelis
Personal details
Born (1968-08-09) August 9, 1968 (age 48)
Austin, Texas
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Heather Jones
Residence Santee, California
Alma mater San Diego State University
Occupation Businessman
Religion Evangelical

Brian W. Jones (born August 9, 1968)[1] is an American politician who served in the California State Assembly, representing the 71st district, encompassing most of inland San Diego County. He is a Republican. On August 20, 2012 he was promoted to Chair of the California Assembly Republican Caucus.[2] Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a member of the Santee City Council.

Biography[edit]

Jones originally moved to California in 1978,[3] and attended Santee Elementary, Cajon Park Jr. High, and Santana High School. He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1991. Prior to entering politics, he served as Commissioner of the Mobile Home Fair Practices Commission, President of the Kiwanis Key Club, and Secretary of San Diego 4 Wheelers, and a member of the Santee Parks and Recreation Committee.[4]

Jones currently resides in Santee, CA with his wife, Heather, and their three children.

Political career[edit]

Santee City Council[edit]

Jones was elected to the Santee City Council in November 2002. While on the City Council, he served as a representative on the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force, Heartland Fire Training Authority Commission, the Santee Elementary School District Conference Committee, the Santee Library Committee, the Goodan Ranch Policy Committee, and as an alternate representative on the Metropolitan Transit Services Board. In addition, he also served on the board of directors for the East County Boys & Girls Club.[5]

As a member of the Santee City Council, Jones oversaw the planning and approval of the Santee Town Center Park[6] and YMCA Aquatic Center.[7]

California State Assembly[edit]

Jones was elected to the California State Assembly in 2010, as a representative of the 77th Assembly District, located in East San Diego County, California. He campaigned on a number of conservative issues, including private sector job creation, which he stated includes “getting government out of the way of the free enterprise market—lower taxes on individuals and corporations, and two, reducing the regulatory burden that the state government is placing on businesses that is chasing them out of the state.”[8]

As a member of the Assembly, Jones has expressed strong support for the Second Amendment,[9] opposition to illegal immigration,[10] and a desire to see reforms aimed at curtailing the influence of public-sector labor unions. His signature piece of legislation, AB 860, would “prohibit direct political contributions by corporations and unions to political candidates” and “prohibit government employers to deduct from government worker paychecks money that is then used to engage in political activity.”[11] He has also testified before the State Board of Equalization in opposition to the proposed State Responsibility Fire Fee,[12] and has been a supporter of the Stop Special Interest Money initiative[3] and an effort to repeal the California DREAM Act.[13]

In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Jones’ bill, AB 959, into law. The new law will “streamline the CalWORKs process for recipients and counties throughout California.”[14]

Member of ALEC[edit]

Jones is one of the few members of the California legislature to make his association with the secretive conservative American Legislative Exchange Council public. Jones is the only member of the California state legislature listed as an attendee of ALEC's Convention of States Simulation in September 2016. [15]

2014 California State Assembly[edit]

California's 71st State Assembly district election, 2014
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Jones (incumbent) 40,326 76.1
Republican Tony Teora 12,573 23.7
Democratic Howard L. Katz (write-in) 109 0.2
Total votes 53,008 100.0
General election
Republican Brian Jones (incumbent) 64,613 70.6
Republican Tony Teora 26,935 29.4
Total votes 91,548 100.0
Republican hold

Committee Assignments[edit]

  • Vice Chair, Business, Professions, & Consumer Protection
  • Governmental Organization
  • Utilities & Commerce
  • Assembly Legislative Ethics[16]

Legislative Scorecards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Assembly Member Brian Jones of California[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Gardner, Michael. "Jones moves up GOP leadership ladder". U-T San Diego. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  3. ^ a b Ken Stone & Steven Barthalow (2011-10-25). "Assemblyman Jones: On Campaign Finance, Cap-and-Trade, Other Issues". La Mesa Patch. 
  4. ^ League of Women Voters - Brian W. Jones
  5. ^ Project Vote Smart - Brian W. Jones
  6. ^ "New Sportsplex USA Opens in Santee". Scouting Santee. 2010-06-17. 
  7. ^ Michele Clock (2005-05-13). "Santee puts off decision on park". San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  8. ^ "Santee Vice Mayor Brian Jones is running for Assembly race". East County Magazine. 2010-04-15. 
  9. ^ "Assemblyman Brian Jones Proudly Defending The 2nd Amendment". YouTube. 2011-09-15. 
  10. ^ Assemblymember Brian Jones (2011-10-17). "Dream Act or Nightmare?". 
  11. ^ AB 860[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Press Release (2011-08-23). "Assemblyman Jones testifies in opposition to Fire "tax" before the Board of Equalization". 
  13. ^ Elizabeth Aguilera (2011-12-14). "Campaign to repeal financial aid for immigrants". San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  14. ^ Press Release (2011-10-06). "Governor signs streamlined CalWORKS bill by Assemblyman Brian Jones". 
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ "Committee Membership". California State Assembly. 
  17. ^ Michael Gardner (2011-12-14). "Fletcher at bottom of CRA scorecard". San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  18. ^ Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. "2011 Legislative ScoreCard". 
  19. ^ Capitol Resource Family Impact. "2011 Legislative Scorecard". 
  20. ^ http://conservative.org/files/CAStateLegislativeRatings.pdf[permanent dead link]

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