Jan Laverty Jones

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Jan Laverty Jones
20th Mayor of Las Vegas
In office
July 1991 – June 8, 1999
Preceded by Ron Lurie
Succeeded by Oscar Goodman
Personal details
Born Janis Lyle Laverty
(1949-03-16) March 16, 1949 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Fletcher Jones (divorced)
Dana Blackhurst
Education Stanford University (BA)

Jan Laverty Jones (born Janis Lyle Laverty, later Blackhurst; 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.


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.[citation needed]

In 1990, she ran for mayor; she was elected, 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.[citation needed]

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.

Personal life[edit]

She is married to her second husband, Dana Blackhurst, an education advocate for learning disabilities who has headed several schools over the years, including Camperdown Academy (Greenville, South Carolina), Pine Ridge School (Williston, Vermont) and The Chandler School (also Greenville, South Carolina), which he founded.[2]


  1. ^ Biography[permanent dead link], harrahs.com; accessed January 7, 2017.
  2. ^ The Chandler School molded after its dyslexic creator, greenvilleonline.com; accessed January 7, 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Lurie
Mayor of Las Vegas
Succeeded by
Oscar Goodman
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bob Miller
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nevada
Succeeded by
Joe Neal