John Jones (Illinois)

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John Jones
John O. Jones.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 54
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 12
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives
1995 – 2003
High schoolMount Vernon Township High School (1958)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1959 – 1963
Date of birthOctober 8, 1940
Place of birthBroughton, Illinois
Office website
Personal website
John Jones is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate. Jones has served in the Illinois Senate since 2003 and was re-elected in November of 2006 with his term expiring in 2010. He is currently an Assistant Minority Leader in the Illinois Senate. Jones also served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.

Jones graduated with his High School Diploma from Mount Vernon Township High School in 1958. Jones is a retired trucking company owner.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jones has been appointed to these committees:


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



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Jones ran for re-election to the Illinois State Senate in District 54 in the 2012 election. However, he withdrew from the race on January 4, 2012.[2] Jones was set to face Kyle McCarter, the District 51 incumbent, in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[3][4][5]

Jones was targeted for defeat by Family-Pac.[6]


On November 4, 2008, Republican John Jones won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 54 receiving 63,944 votes, ahead of Republican Henry Kijonka (27,337 votes).[7]

Illinois State Senate, District 54 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Jones (R) 63,944
Henry Kijonka (D) 27,337

Campaign donors


In 2008, Jones collected $206,931 in donations.[8]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Educations Association $31,653
Illinois State Medical Society $15,077
Campbell Funeral Home $9,225
Wood Energy Inc. $6,500
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois $6,000
Illinois Federation of Teachers $5,000
Illinois Health Care Association $5,000
Central Illinois Public Service Co. $3,000
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $3,000
Illinois State Dental Society $2,750
AFSCME Illinois Council 31 $2,500
Caterpillar $2,000
Consumer Lending Alliance $2,000
Altria $2,000
Walgreens $1,950
Illinois Realtors Association $1,950
AT&T $1,820
Debbie Hopgood $1,800
Reynolds American $1,500
Illinois Credit Union League $1,500

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District 54

Jones represents Illinois Senate District 54. District 54 includes the South Central Portion of Illinois including Carbondale where Southern Illinois University is located[9].


John is married to Mimi Jones. They have two children and reside in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Illinois Senate District 54
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