|Michigan State Senate District 24|
|January 1, 2011 - present|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|Michigan House of Representatives|
|2004 – 2010|
|Associate's||Kellogg Community College (1973)|
|Bachelor's||Michigan State University (1980)|
|Birthday||November 17, 1952|
|Place of birth||Battle Creek, Michigan|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Campaign contributions
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Before his election to the legislature, Rick served 33 years in law enforcement, with more than 30 years of service with the Eaton County Sheriff Department. At the department, Rick began as a deputy and worked his way through the ranks as a sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. He was elected as Eaton County Sheriff in 2000.
Rep. Jones received Police Certification from Lansing Community College Police Academy and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in Criminal Justice. 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).
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Jones has been appointed to these committees:
- Energy and Technology
- Health Policy
- Judiciary, Chair
- Redistricting, Vice Chair
- Regulatory Reform, Vice Chair
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Jones served on these committees:
- Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security (Minority Vice Chair)
- Great Lakes and Environment
- Regulatory Reform
Key votes of 2009-2010
- Click below to see how this representative voted.
- 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.
More voting record details
- List of all of Rick Jones’s roll call votes, bills introduced, and floor amendments from MichiganVotes.org (use site’s “advanced search” to narrow by date range, issue category and/or keyword).
- List of Rick Jones’s 1 missed roll-call votes
- See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010
|Michigan State Senate, District 24 General election (2010)|
|Rick Jones (R)||64,039|
|Michelle Disano (D)||30,052|
|Bradley Cook (L)||3,413|
Rick Jones raised $53,725 for his campaign.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 71|
|Rick Jones (R)||29,171|
|Mark Eagle (D)||21,068|
In 2010, Jones raised $124,784 in contributions. 
His four largest contributors were:
|Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association||$10,000|
|Michigan Chamber Of Commerce||$5,600|
|Michigan Health & Hospital Association||$3,500|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan||$2,950|
In 2008 Rick Jones collected $53,725 in donations. 
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Rick Jones Majority Fund||$5,000|
|Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association||$4,600|
|Michigan Chamber of Commerce||$2,300|
|Michigan Association of Realtors||$1,650|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan||$1,600|
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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.
January 2011 - March 2012
Rick Jones received a 45% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State
Rick and his wife Charlene have two children, Kate and Charlie. Rick is an active member of the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church.
- Senate website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Michigan Votes - Rick Jones
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Mitt Romney Campaign Website "Mitt Romney Announces Support of Michigan Speaker of The House Jase Bolger and Additional Members of The Michigan Legislature," September 19, 2011
- Official Election Results from 2010 State Senate races
- Michigan House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Follow the Money's report on Jones' 2008 campaign contributions
- 2010 contributions
- 2008 contributors to Rick Jones
- Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012
|Michigan State Senate District 24
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|Michigan House of Representatives District 71
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