Gary Jones (Oklahoma politician)

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Gary Jones
Auditor of Oklahoma
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Governor Mary Fallin
Preceded by Steve Burrage
Personal details
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
Fort Sill, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Jones
Children 2
Education Cameron University (BS)
Website sai.state.ok.us

Gary Jones is a United States businessman and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. He is the current Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector.

Personal[edit]

Jones was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, the fifth of seven children. He graduated from Cameron University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting degree. Jones is both a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner.[1]

While in college, Jones worked for Southwestern Bell. After 10 years Jones left to start his own telecommunications company, which he sold 16 years later. Jones has operated a cow-calf operation for over 30 years in addition to his other ventures.

In 1994 Jones successfully ran for Comanche County Commissioner, a seat he held for four years.

Prior to his successful 2010 bid for State Auditor and Inspector, Jones unsuccessfully sought the office in both 2002 and 2006, losing both times to Jeff McMahan. After the 2006 race, McMahan was subsequently indicted, convicted, and sent to prison for eight years for bribery and conspiracy involving a scheme to steal the 2002 election.

In 2003 he was named Chairman and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Republican Party and held the office longer than anyone prior, until resigning to make his successful bid for State Auditor and Inspector.

Electoral history[edit]

Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff McMahan 516,425 51.43
Republican Gary Jones 487,646 48.57
Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jeff McMahan (inc.) 469,311 51.68
Republican Gary Jones 438,778 48.32
Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector Republican Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gary Jones 151,712 69.57
Republican David Hanigar 66,364 30.43
Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gary Jones 570,174 55.94
Democratic Steve Burrage 449,152 44.06
Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gary Jones (inc.) n/a 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gary Jones: State Auditor". 2010. Archived from the original on January 10, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Burrage
Auditor of Oklahoma
2011–present
Incumbent