Elizabeth Ames Jones
|Elizabeth Ames Jones|
|Texas Chairman of Railroad Commission|
|2005 - February 13, 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2006|
|Texas House of Representatives|
|2000 - 2005|
|Bachelor's||University of Texas at Austin (1978)|
|Place of birth||San Antonio, TX|
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.
- University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Journalism (1978)
- 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)
Jones' website highlights the following campaign themes:
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
|Texas State Senate District 25 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jeff Wentworth (advanced to runoff) Incumbent||35.8%||27,050|
|Donna Campbell (advanced to runoff)||33.7%||25,470|
|Elizabeth Ames Jones||30.5%||23,085|
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|
|Republican||Elizabeth Ames Jones Incumbent||54%||2,269,743|
|Election Results Via: Texas Secretary of State|
In 2012, Jones endorsements include the following:
- 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.
- Official campaign website
- Railroad Commission of Texas official website
- Commissioner Jones' website (dead link)
- Jones' official biography (dead link)
- Official campaign Facebook
- Official campaign Twitter
- Official campaign Youtube
- Texas Tribune, "Texas Railroad Commissioner Jones Resigns," February 13, 2012
- "Elizabeth Ames Jones leaves U.S. Senate race to run for State Senate," "Houston Chronicle" November 9, 2011
- jonesfortexas.com - Home
- Texas Secretary of State, "1992 - Current Election History," accessed February 17, 2014
- Office of the (Texas) Secretary of State, "Race Summary Report," accessed July 12, 2012
- jonesfortexas.com - Endorsements
|Texas Railroad Commission
| Succeeded by|
Buddy Garcia (R)