Elizabeth Ames Jones

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Elizabeth Ames Jones
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Texas Chairman of Railroad Commission
Former officeholder
In office
2005 - February 13, 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Texas House of Representatives
2000 - 2005
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin (1978)
Date of birth10/29/1956
Place of birthSan Antonio, TX
Office website
Campaign website
Elizabeth Ames Jones (b. October 29, 1956) was a member of the Texas Railroad Commission, a regulatory body that oversees the oil and natural gas industries in Texas, from 2005 - 2012. She was serving as Chair when she resigned on February 13, 2012.[1]


Jones was first elected to represent District 121 in the Texas House of Representatives where she defeated Bill Siebert in the Republican primary. She was re-elected to the state House in 2002 and 2004, then stepped down in January 2005 to accept an appointment by Gov. Rick Perry to fill a vacancy on the Railroad Commission. Sworn into the office of Railroad Commissioner on March 2, 2005, Jones was elected to serve a six-year term in November 2006. On November 7, 2011, Jones announced that she would be running for the Texas state senate seat for District 25 against incumbent Jeff Wentworth.[2]


  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Journalism (1978)

Political career

  • Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission (2005-February 2012)
  • Chair, Railroad Commission of Texas, (2005-2007)
  • Appointed, Railroad Commissioner, State of Texas, (2005)
  • Representative, Texas State House of Representatives, District 121 (2001-2004)


Campaign themes

Jones' website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

2nd Amendment Rights

  • Excerpt:"This amendment is the foundation for all the others and I remaindedicated at every turn to uphold our constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. This is why I was given an "A" rating by the National Rifle Association during both of my terms in the Texas House of Representatives."


  • Excerpt:"As an advocate of parental choice in education, including charter schools and home schooling, I recognize the choice of parents in the education of their children. I believe that home schooling and charter schools are an integral components of that choice."


  • Excerpt:"As Chairwoman of the Texas Railroad Commission, our energy oversight agency, I oversaw one of the most exciting periods in Texas energy history. I will always work hard to leave Texas better than I found it, and you can continue to count on me in the Texas Senate."

Faith and Family

  • Excerpt:"I am 100% pro-life and my record in the Texas Legislature proves it. I do not compromise my values and will fight for the rights of Texas' unborn. As a Texas State Representative I co-authored the Laci Peterson Act which recognized the life of an unborn child by making the pregnant mother and her baby two separate victims in violent crimes."



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Jones ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 25. Jones was defeated by Donna Campbell and incumbent Jeff Wentworth in the May 29 primary election.[4][5]

Texas State Senate District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Wentworth (advanced to runoff) Incumbent 35.8% 27,050
Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Campbell (advanced to runoff) 33.7% 25,470
Elizabeth Ames Jones 30.5% 23,085
Total Votes 75,605


On November 7, 2006, Elizabeth Ames Jones won re-election to the office of Texas Railroad Commissioner. She defeated Dale Henry (D) and Tabitha Serrano (L) in the general election.

Texas Railroad Commissioner, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Ames Jones Incumbent 54% 2,269,743
     Democratic Dale Henry 41.7% 1,752,947
     Libertarian Tabitha Serrano 4.2% 177,648
Total Votes 4,200,338
Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State



In 2012, Jones endorsements include the following:[6]

  • Peter Holt, Chairman and CEO, Holt Cat Machines & Engines
  • Hon. Susan Reed, Bexar County District Attorney
  • Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Magazine
  • Steven F. Hotze, M.D., President, Conservative Republicans of Texas

Note: Jones has obtained numerous other 2012 endorsements, which are listed on her campaign website, here.


Jones is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from Alamo Heights High School. In 1978, she earned a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband, William C. Jones, IV, are the parents of two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Texas Railroad Commission
Succeeded by
Buddy Garcia (R)