Summary of Service, 2005 - Current

In 2005, as a freshman, then Representative Jones was selected as 1 of the 5 most effective Legislators in Helena.  From 2005-2013, Senator Jones was responsible for both sponsoring and passing a significant portion of key legislation on economic development,  tax reductions, family protection, and student achievement.  

In 2005 Representative Jones reduced the taxes on natural resource development and enhanced the ability to do meat processing in Montana. In 2007, Rep. Jones, reduced taxes on numerous forms of energy production, reduced taxes on energy transmission, and provided tax relief for property owners that had transmission lines built on their property.  In 2009 he passed Legislation  that reduced frivolous lawsuits on energy development, and passed legislation to protect families by requiring that photos of sex offenders be listed. In 2011 through 2013, Senator Jones carried and passed legislation that enhanced local control in education, mitigated explosive development impacts, and froze fast growth areas of property taxes.   In 2015 through 2017 Senator Jones passed numerous key pieces of historic legislation. Two outstanding examples: 1) Montanan’s coal trust can now partner with local school districts to provide a stable base for educational infrastructure.   2) Montana will now have a “rainy day” fund that will protect Montanans from painful swings in the economy, such as the 2008 recession.   In 2019 Representative Jones passed historic legislation entitled the Advanced Opportunities Act that empowered money to follow the students involved in CTE and other advanced credit options outside the School brick and mortar.   In addition, Representative Jones repealed the unreasonable tax burden placed upon local stripper oil well producers, created a loan repayment program to encourage teachers to locate in rural areas, protected local government services from unreasonable  tax protests, and created a study committee to designed to begin addressing the rapid growth in property tax. 

Throughout this period, Senator/Represenatative Jones's "solution approach" kept Montana in the black, kept Montana's credit score high, helped our K-12 education system achieve its current high rating, reduced state employee FTEs by 400 plus, and facilitated Montana's growth.

Senator/Representative Jones has little use or tolerance of those that come to Helena intent upon making political points while not  solving problems, " My constituents sent me to Helena to solve problems, to find solutions, to work to make this state better.   It is my job to put my conscience and constituents first.  I have little use for those that wish to hold a "pity party of no"." 

2019

 Representative Jones Chairs Education Appropriation
                Jones also Vice Chair of House Appropriations
--Recognized a Champion of Business by Montana Chamber
--Top ranked by Montana Contractors
--Top Ranked by Montana Farm Bureau

--Top Ranked by Montana Family Foundation (100%)
--Received High Rankings for supporting property rights, the family, and shooting sports (NRA) 

2017

 

Senator Jones Chairs Senate Finance and Claims.
--Recognized as Champion of Business by Montana Chamber.

--Received the Montana Medicine Residency Director's Award for supporting Montana Doctor Residency Training.

--Was top ranked by Montana Contractors

--Received High Rankings for supporting property rights, the family, and shooting sports (NRA).

2015

 

Senator Jones Chairs Senate Finance and Claims. 

--Recognized as Champion of Business by Montana Chamber.

--Received Windmill Award from Montana Farm Bureau for support of Agricultural issues.

--Received top rankings by Montana School groups for supporting student opportunity

--Was top ranked by Montana Contractors

2013

 Senator Jones is elected to leadership as Majority Whip. Senator Jones scores:
​-- 100% on the Montana Contractors Report Card
-- 100% for his support of private property rights from the United Property Owners of Montana
-- 90 % support for the interests of the Montana Family Foundation
-- 100% for his support of Montana Higher Education on the University Scorecard.
-- 100% for his support of  student Achievement via the Montana School Board Association and Rural 
Education report card.
 

2011

 Senator Jones received the Montana Rural Education Association (MREA) 2011 Legislative Leadership Award.  Senator Jones received a
-- 100% from the Montana Federation of
Independent Businesses
-- supported the interests of the Montana Family Foundation 100 percent
-- received an Endorsement from the Right To Life of Montana Association
-- "A" from the Montana Shooting Sports Association 

2009

 Champion of Business: Montana Chamber of
Commerce.  Representative Jones
-- supported the interests of the Montana Chamber of Commerce 100 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana Family Foundation 100 percent
-- received an Endorsement from the Right To Life of Montana Association
-- received an Endorsement from the National Rifle Association 

2007

 Champion of Power: Montana Electric Cooperatives Association.
-- A+ from Montana Stockgrowers Association
-- A+ from Montana Business Leadership Council
-- supported the interests of the Montana Chamber of Commerce 100 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana Family Foundation 100 percent
-- Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Montanans for Multiple Use's position, Representative Jones received a rating of 83.
-- Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all
Congressional candidates in 2008, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned a grade of A.
-- received an Endorsement from the National Rifle
Association 

2005

 Representative Jones
-- supported the interests of the Montana Stockgrowers Association 100 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana National Federation of Independent Business 90 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana Chamber of Commerce 91 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana Family Foundation 100 percent
-- Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Montanans for Multiple Use's position, Representative Jones received a rating of 87.5.
-- Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all state legislative candidates in 2006, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Representative Jones a grade of A.