Rick Jones

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Rick Jones
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Michigan State Senate District 24
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1, 2011
Current term ends
January 1, 2015
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Website Senate Site
Rick Jones (b. November 17, 1952) is a Republican member of the Michigan State Senate, representing District 24 since January 1, 2011. He currently serves as State Senate Majority Caucus Leader. Prior to his time in the Senate, Rick served in the House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008, representing District 71.

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).

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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Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2010

See also: Michigan State Senate elections, 2010

Jones won election to the 24th District of the Michigan State Senate in 2010. He defeated Democrat Dakeisha Harwick and Libertarian Bradley Cook in the November 2 general election.[1]

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

On November 04, 2008, Rick Jones ran for District 71 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Mark Eagle. [2]

Rick Jones raised $53,725 for his campaign.[3]

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

2010

In 2010, Jones raised $124,784 in contributions. [4]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
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

2008

In 2008 Rick Jones collected $53,725 in donations. [5]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
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

Campaign contributions

Contributions Report from Michigan Secretary of State

Personal

Rick and his wife Charlene have two children, Kate and Charlie. Rick is an active member of the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church.

Contact

Rep. Rick Jones
N-1090 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 373-0853
RickJones@house.mi.gov

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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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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives District 71
2005-2011
Succeeded by
Deb Shaughnessy