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Rick Jones
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Michigan State Senate, District 24
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$71,685/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Michigan House of Representatives
2005 – 2011
Education
Bachelor'sMichigan State University (1980)
Associate'sKellogg Community College (1973)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 17, 1952
Place of birthBattle Creek, Michigan
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Rick Jones (b. November 17, 1952) is a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 24. Jones was first elected to the chamber in 2010. He currently serves as State Senate Majority Caucus Leader.

Jones served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011, representing District 71.

Biography

Jones earned his Police Certification from Lansing Community College Police Academy and his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. He also attended Executive Leadership Training from Central Michigan University. He received further professional development training from the F.B.I. (Executive Leadership Training), the U.S. Department of Treasury (Crisis Management Training), and the U.S. Department of Justice (Correctional Leadership Training). His professional experience includes working in law enforcement for 33 years, most of which were spent with the Eaton County Sheriff's Department, where he attained the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and captain before being elected Sheriff in 2000.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012
Energy and Technology
Health Policy
Judiciary, Chair
Regulatory Reform, Vice-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jones served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jones served on these committees:

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Rick Jones, Michigan Senator endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [1]

Voting record

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.

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Elections

2014

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 5, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Dawn Levey is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Rick Jones is unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]

2010

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Jones won election to the 24th District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Dakeisha Harwick (D) and Bradley Cook (L) in the November 2 general election.[3]

Michigan State Senate, District 24 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Jones (R) 64,039
Michelle Disano (D) 30,052
Bradley Cook (L) 3,413

2008

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Jones ran for District 71 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Mark Eagle.[4]

Jones raised $53,725 for his campaign.[5]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 71
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rick Jones (R) 29,171
Mark Eagle (D) 21,068

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Jones is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Jones raised a total of $361,869 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 31, 2013.[6]

Rick Jones's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Michigan State Senate, District 24 Not up for election $76,509
2010 Michigan State Senate, District 24 Won $124,784
2008 Michigan State House, District 71 Won $53,725
2006 Michigan State House, District 71 Won $43,213
2004 Michigan State House, District 71 Won $63,638
Grand Total Raised $361,869

2012

Jones was not up for election to the Michigan State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Jones raised a total of $76,509.
Michigan State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rick Jones, Michigan Senator's campaign in 2012
Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan$5,500
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$4,000
DTE Energy$4,000
Michigan Credit Union League$2,500
CMS Energy$2,250
Total Raised in 2012$76,509
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Jones won election to the Michigan State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Jones raised a total of $124,784.

2008

Jones won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Jones raised a total of $53,725.

2006

Jones won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Jones raised a total of $43,213.

2004

Jones won election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Jones raised a total of $63,638.

Scorecards

Tea Party Scorecard

The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.[7]

January 2011 - March 2012

Rick Jones received a 45% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[7]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Jones' endorsements include:

  • Right to Life of Michigan[8]

Personal

Rick and his wife, Charlene, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan State Senate District 24
2011–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 71
2005-2011
Succeeded by
Deb Shaughnessy