John Jones (Illinois)

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John Jones
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Illinois State Senate District 54
Former member
In office
2003 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First elected2002
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 former Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 54 from 2003 to 2013. He served as 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 served on 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 Healthcare 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


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[9][10]


Jones received a score of 75.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of B- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 21st highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[10]

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District 54

Jones represented Illinois Senate District 54. District 54 includeed the South Central Portion of Illinois including Carbondale where Southern Illinois University is located[11].


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
Succeeded by
Kyle McCarter (R)