Justin Jones

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Justin C. Jones
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Nevada State Senate, District 9
In office
February 4, 2013 - present
Term ends
November 9, 2016
Years in position 1
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1997
J.D.George Washington University, 2001
Office website
Campaign website
Justin C. Jones is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He currently serves as Assistant Majority Whip.
This candidate is running in a "race to watch" in one of the 20 chambers identified by Ballotpedia as a battleground chamber.

The Nevada Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of one seat, which amounts to 9 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. In 2012, a total of five districts were competitive, with a margin of victory was 5 percent or less.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Jones served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Labor and Energy
Health and Human Services, Chair


Campaign themes


Jones' website highlighted the following themes:[1]

  • Fighting Foreclosures: ."..as State Senator I will crack down on the illegal foreclosure practices that have ravaged our community."
  • Investing in Small Businesses: ."..I believe we have the people to get our economic engine moving again, but we need to foster that growth with continued incentives and innovative solutions. We also need to ensure our workforce is educated in the new high tech, bio tech and engineering jobs of the future. We will only attract and keep businesses in Nevada if we invest in improved K-12 and higher education."
  • Educating A 21st Century Workforce: ."..We must fund education so that teachers have the resources in the classroom and students have ever opportunity to excel. By investing in better schools, we will attract companies to invest in creating jobs in Nevada."
  • Energy Independence and Conservation: ."..The economic benefits of protected lands can not be overlooked and we need to make sure we invest in promoting our Nevada public lands as tourist destinations. I also believe in harnessing the natural resources we enjoy in Nevada--solar, geothermal, wind. These can be great job creators, not just to construct and run the plants, but also in the manufacturing of equipment such as solar panels and wind turbines. We need to cut the red tape that stifles renewable energy development and work to create a comprehensive plan for the state that identifies locations suitable for renewable energy projects and then puts them on the fast track"



See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Justin Jones ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Becky Harris defeated Ron Quilang, Vick Gill and David Schoen in the Republican primary. Jones and Harris will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]

The Nevada State Senate is a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia has identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Nevada Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of one seat, which amounts to 9 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. District 9 in the Senate has been identified by Ballotpedia and the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a battleground district that could determine control of the Nevada State Senate. Incumbent Justin Jones and attorney Becky Harris will face off in the general election. Jones won election in 2012 by only 301 votes. He is expected to be targeted by in-state and out-of-state Second Amendment groups, and could be in danger of losing his seat. In 2013, Jones angered many gun-rights conservatives during his first year in office, when he pushed for gun control legislation.[5]


See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

Jones ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Senate, District 9. Jones defeated Frederick L. Conquest in the June 12 primary election and defeated Mari Nakashima St. Martin (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6] [7][8][9]

Nevada State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJustin Jones 50.3% 21,849
     Republican Mari Nakashima St. Martin 49.7% 21,548
Total Votes 43,397

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jones is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Jones raised a total of $538,922 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 14, 2013.[10]

Justin Jones's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 9 Won $361,117
2004 Nevada State Assembly, District 13 Defeated $177,805
Grand Total Raised $538,922


Jones won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Jones raised a total of $361,117.
Nevada State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Justin Jones's campaign in 2012
Nevada Hispanic Leadership Fund$10,000
Committee To Elect Mo Denis$10,000
Debbie Smith Campaign$10,000
Buckskin Mountain PAC$10,000
Sunrise Leadership Fund$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$361,117
Source:Follow the Money


Jones lost the election for the Nevada State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Jones raised a total of $177,805.


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In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[11]

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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Halseth (R)
Nevada State Senate District 9
Succeeded by