JONES, James Robert

JONES, James Robert
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1939–

Biography

JONES, James Robert, a Representative from Oklahoma; born in Muskogee, Muskogee County, Okla., May 5, 1939; attended Sacred Heart School, Muskogee, Okla.; graduated, Muskogee Central High School, 1957; B.A.., University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1961; LL.B., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1964; served in United States Army Counterintelligence Corps, captain, 1964-1965; United States Army Reserve, 1961-1968; admitted to the Oklahoma and District of Columbia bars in 1964 and commenced practice in Tulsa; legislative assistant to United States Representative Ed Edmondson, 1961-1964; special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965-1969; resumed the practice of law in Tulsa, 1969-1972; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1984; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1987); chairman, Committee on the Budget (Ninety-seventh and Ninety-eighth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundredth Congress in 1986, but was an unsuccessful nominee for the United States Senate; resumed the practice of law; chairman, American Stock Exchange, November 1989- 1993; appointed by President Clinton as Ambassador to Mexico and served from 1993-1997; is a resident of Tulsa, Okla., and Washington, D.C.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Oklahoma
Carl Albert Center Congressional Archives

Norman, OK
Papers: 1967-1997, 420.15 cubic feet. The bulk of the Jones Collection covers his Congressional career, 1973-1986, and his time as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. This includes records generated in or received by the Washington, D.C. and district offices by the Congressman and his staff, or in the Embassy of the United States in Mexico City. Broadly, these records include correspondence with constituents, other members of Congress and Senators, Presidents, Executive Office staff, Cabinet members and Federal agency staff, celebrities, business leaders, and foreign officials. The Congressional materials document the primary functions of a Congressional office, namely policymaking and legislative activities, constituent and public relations, and campaigns and other political activities. Included are drafts of legislation, bill markups, Federal government and Congressional Committee reports, Dear Colleague letters, Democratic caucus material, voting records, briefing books, travel itinerary, speeches, press releases, Congressional Research Service reports, invitations to social functions, constituent issue mail, and photographs. Each Records Series will have a more detailed scope and content note.
Papers: In the Carl Bert Albert Papers, ca. 1910-1976, 1000 cubic feet. Correspondents include James Robert Jones.
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