B.A. in Political Science, Stanford University; J.D., Harvard University
KEY HEALTH LINK
When Jones was two years old, his mother was diagnosed with a “devasting mental illness,” according to his campaign website.
Jones worked in the Justice Department under President Obama, where part of his job was vetting nominees for federal judgeships.
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Jones announced his candidacy for New York’s 17th Congressional District, running against incumbent Democrat Nita Lowey. Several months after Jones started his campaign, Representative Lowey announced that she would not seek re-election in 2020. Jones ultimately won the Democratic primary with over 40% of the vote against seven other challengers. Jones faced Republican Maureen McArdle Schulman and Independent Dr. Joshua Eisen in the general election.
Nita Lowey (D), retired
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Attorney, Westchester County Law Department
Jones clerked for a U.S. District Court judge, worked at various law firms and served a brief stint at the Department of Justice. This is Jones’ first run for office.
On The Issues
In March 2020, Jones published an op-ed in the Yonkers Tribune outlining the costs associated with health care and perceived lack of effective safety nets in the United States, using Frank Wuchinski, an American who was in China at the beginning of the pandemic, as an example.
Jones supports Medicare for All.
Jones supports the legalization of marijuana and has been given an A rating by NORML. In an August 2020 response to the Democratic Party not including the legalization of marijuana in its platform, he said, “It is shameful to me that the Democratic platform…rejected the legalization of marijuana—something that really should not be controversial anymore, especially given what we’ve seen in our so-called criminal justice system, which I call the criminal legal system.”
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
Jones has stated that, as a member of Congress, he will "fight to establish alternatives to incarceration, including mental health support, drug treatment, and diversion programs for non-violent offenses."
Before incumbent Representative Nina Lowey stated she was not seeking re-election, Jones had criticized her for accepting campaign contributions from the Sackler family, members of which are founders and owners of Purdue Pharma, the developer of OxyContin.
Jones has said that as a member of Congress, he intends to "fight to lower prescription drug prices."
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Jones has stated that he is "committed to expanding Veteran access to jobs and training, as well as making it easier for Veterans to access education benefits," adding that, "We must also provide disabled Veterans with quick and streamlined access to the support that they need, which is often delayed due to bureaucratic backlogs."
Jones is pro-choice. He has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America as well as the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. As a member of Congress, Jones intends to work to codify Roe v. Wade into law, repeal the Hyde Amendment, and "ensure that any Medicare for All legislation includes coverage for the full range of reproductive services."
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
DID YOU KNOW?
Growing up, Jones’ dream was to be a science fiction writer. Jones “would spend summers [from childhood to college] just writing novel-length stories about werewolves and vampires,” trying to become “the next Toni Morrison.” Jones has served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. He and Ritchie Torres will be the first openly gay Black men in Congress.