Jim Jones (judge)

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Jim Jones
Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
In office
August 1, 2015 – January 2017
Appointed by election (peers)
Preceded by Roger S. Burdick
Succeeded by Roger S. Burdick
Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 2017
Appointed by election
Preceded by Wayne Kidwell
Succeeded by Robyn Brody
29th Attorney General of Idaho
In office
January 5, 1983 – January 7, 1991
Appointed by election
Preceded by David Leroy
Succeeded by Larry EchoHawk
Personal details
Born (1942-05-13) May 13, 1942 (age 75)
Twin Falls, Idaho
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kelly Jones
Children 1 son, 2 daughters
Residence Jerome, Boise
Alma mater University of Oregon
(B.A. 1964)
Northwestern University
(J.D. 1967)
Profession Attorney, Rancher
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch US Department of the Army Seal.png U.S. Army
Years of service 1967–69
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Unit Artillery
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Jim Jones (born May 13, 1942) is the former Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court and a former Attorney General of Idaho.[1][2]

Born in Twin Falls, Idaho, Jones was raised on a farm near Eden. He attended Idaho State College in Pocatello for a year and transferred to the University of Oregon in Eugene, graduating in 1964 with a B.A. in political science. Jones attended Northwestern University near Chicago and received his J.D. from its School of Law in 1967. He served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in the late 1960s and received several decorations, including the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star.

Jones served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Len Jordan in the early 1970s.[1][2] Afterwards he practiced law in Jerome and Boise.

Jones entered politics in 1978 as a candidate for Congress from the state's 2nd district. He was defeated in the Republican primary by incumbent George Hansen,[3] and lost again in the 1980 primary to Hansen.[4][5]

Jones was elected the state's attorney general as a Republican in 1982, and was re-elected unopposed in 1986.[6] He ran for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jim McClure in 1990, but was defeated in the primary by Congressman Larry Craig,[7] and returned to his private law practice in 1991.

Jones was elected to the Idaho Supreme Court in May 2004, unopposed in a nonpartisan election to fill the open seat of retiring justice Wayne Kidwell.[1][2][8] He was unopposed for re-election in May 2010 and became chief justice in August 2015 by a vote of his peer justices.[9] Jones retired from active service in January 2017.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Supreme Court Justices". State of Idaho. Archived from the original on August 21, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Oxley, Chuck (January 4, 2005). "Jim Jones takes oath as high court justice". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. p. B2. 
  3. ^ "Candidate announces". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. December 5, 1979. p. 3. 
  4. ^ "Idaho boosts Reagan over the top in GOP delegates". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. May 28, 1980. p. 3. 
  5. ^ Kenyon, Quane (July 18, 1980). "Idaho campaigns can get expensive". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. p. 9. 
  6. ^ Richardson, Kristin (April 18, 1986). "Jim Jones still running unopposed". Spokane Chronicle. Washington. p. 5. 
  7. ^ "No regrets for attorney general". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. May 29, 1990. p. B5. 
  8. ^ Fick, Bob (March 23, 2004). "Kidwell's decision still leaves voters without a choice". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. Associated Press. p. 4A. 
  9. ^ Russell, Betsy Z. (July 15, 2015). "Justice Jim Jones to be Idaho Supreme Court's next chief justice, as of Aug. 1". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  10. ^ Russell, Betsy (March 9, 2016). "Chief Justice Jones to retire, Clive Strong announces bid for his seat". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Roger S. Burdick
Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court
August 2015–2017
Succeeded by
Roger S. Burdick
Preceded by
David Leroy
Attorney General of Idaho
January 5, 1983–January 7, 1991
Succeeded by
Larry EchoHawk