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Jones served as the mayor of Kalamazoo from 1998 to 2006. Jones was born in Jeffersonville, Georgia on April 22, 1944. He attended public schools in Brooklyn and graduated from John Jay High School in 1962. In 1966 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Fort Valley State University. Jones received his Master's Degree in chemistry in 1971. He also attended Western Michigan University. Jones spent 28 years working for Pharmacia & Upjohn Chemical Production as a research chemist.
Previous offices held
Jones was elected mayor of Kalamazoo in 1998. He was re-elected mayor four more times, serving until 2006. In 2006, he was elected to the Michigan State House to replace retiring Representative Alexander C. Lipsey.
Representative Robert Jones has announced that he will forgo a third term in the Michigan House of Representatives and will instead go for the vacated Michigan State Senate seat from current term limited Republican Tom George. A formal announcement was made on Monday, July 20th.
Political campaign history
- 2006 election for State House
- Robert Jones (D), 71%
- Armando Romero (R), 29%
Key votes of 2009-2010
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- Super Speedway, Lawmakers voting on whether TO EXTEND A SPECIAL TAX PERK for a super speedway.
- Driver Responsibility Fees, Lawmakers voting on whether TO IMPOSE 'driver responsibility fees.'
- Crony Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether TO RESTRICT THE RIGHT of shareholders to sell their own stock.
- Right to Work, Lawmakers voting on an amendment SUPPORTING RIGHT-TO-WORK zones.
- Dept. of State Cost-Saving, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SLOW DOWN PROGRESS ON THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S COST-SAVING CONSOLIDATION PLAN.
- Golf Carts, Lawmakers voting on whether TO SUBSIDIZE the production of electric vehicle batteries.
- Home Court Disadvantage, Lawmakers voting on whether TO GIVE MORE TAXING POWER to local government in Kalamazoo so it can finance a taxpayer-subsidized sports arena.
- Fire Safe Cigarettes, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN the sale of cigarettes that are not "fire safe."
- Balancing Act, Lawmakers voting on a budget to CUT REVENUE SHARING PAYMENTS to local governments as a way to balance the state budget without raising taxes.
- Balancing Act 2, Lawmakers voting on a cut of less than 3 percent to K-12 school aid payments so as to balance the state budget without tax increases.
- A Good Tax Gone Bad?, Lawmakers voting on the Michigan Business Tax.
- It’s From the Children, Lawmakers voting on whether to RAID $90 MILLION from the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
- Left Behind, Lawmakers voting on whether TO FINANCE "No Worker Left Behind" with a 59.9 percent increase in general fund spending in the 2009 DELEG budget.
- First Class Schools, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep Detroit Public Schools' "first class" status even though the district no longer meets the population standard.
- Politically Correct Capitalism, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE SUBSIDIES for plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
- Politically Correct Capitalism 2, Lawmakers voting on whether to GIVE SUBSIDIES for Michigan film production.
- Politically Correct Capitalism 3, Lawmakers voting on whether to INCREASE ELECTRIC CAR SUBSIDIES for a subsidiary of a Korean battery company.
- Secret Ballot, Lawmakers voting on whether to keep a SECRET BALLOT for union elections.
- Property Taxes Assaulted Again, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
- Sneak Attack, Lawmakers voting on whether to allow public schools to EXPAND THE USE OF SINKING FUND property tax spending.
- Grapes of Wrath, Lawmakers voting on whether TO BAN home shipment of beer and wine to Michigan consumers.
- Subsidize Manufacture of Electric Cars, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a refundable Michigan Business Tax credit for makers of plug-in traction battery packs used in electric cars.
- Authorize Special Tax Breaks for Ethanol Gas Stations, Lawmakers voting on whether to authorize a non-refundable Michigan Business Tax credit equal to 30 percent of the costs incurred by a gas station to convert existing pumps and tanks, or acquire new ones that deliver E85 ethanol or biodiesel fuel.
More voting record details
- List of all of Robert Jones’s roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s “advanced search” to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
- List of Robert Jones’s 76 missed roll-call votes
Committee Assignments, 2009-2010
- Commerce (Chair)
- Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs
- Senior Health, Security and Retirement
- Tax Policy
Jones did not run for re-election in 2010.
Robert Jones raised $64,254 for his campaign.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 60|
|Robert Jones (D)||30,149|
|Charles Ybema (R)||10,663|
In 2008 Robert Jones collected $64,254 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|United Automobile Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America||$5,000|
|Jones Advocating for Michigan||$5,000|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan||$1,600|
|Michigan Medical Society||$1,500|
Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State
Rep. Robert Jones
N0994 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
- Michigan Legislature - Representative Robert Jones official government website
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Michigan Votes - Robert Jones
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006
- Robert Jones on Facebook
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