Doug Jones is an American attorney and former prosecutor and politician that serve as the junior united states senator from Alabama. Doug Jones is a member of the Democratic Party and he was the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama from 1997 to 2001.
Doug Jones was born in Fairfield, Alabama to Gordon and Gloria Jones on May 4, 1954. Doug Jones is currently 65 years old. His father worked at U.S Steel and his mother was a homemaker. Doug Jones graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in political science in 1976 and earned his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of law at Samford University in 1979. He is a member of Beta Theta Pi.
Jone’s political career began as staff counsel to the U.S Senate Judiciary Committee for Alabama Senator Howell Heflin. Jones then worked as an assistant U.S attorney from 1980 to 1984 before resigning to work at a private law firm in Birmingham Alabama, from 1984 to 1997. On August 18, 1997, President Bill Clinton indicated his intent to appoint Jones as U.S attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Jones was finally nominated to the post on September 2, 1997. After his appointment, Jones prosecuted Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. and Bobby Frank Cherry, two members of the Ku Klux Klan, for their roles in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing.
On May 11, 2017, Jones announced his candidacy for that year’s U.S Senate special election where he run for the seat left open when Jeff Sessions was appointed Attorney General. Sessions a republican had held the seat since 1997, after Democrat Hower Heflin chose not to run for reelection Jones won the Democratic nomination in August and became the senator of Alabama after defeating former Alabama Supreme Court judge Roy Moore in the general election on December 12, which coincided with Jone’s 25 wedding anniversary. Jones received 50% (673896) to Moore’s 48.3% (651972) of the votes. However, Moores refused to concede where he filed for a lawsuit calling for an investigation into voter fraud as well as calling for a new election. The case was dismissed on December 28, 2017, officially declaring Jones the winner. Jones was sworn in on January 2, 2018, and his term runs through January 3, 2021, the balance of Session’s term. He is the first Democrat to represent the State in the U.S senate in 21 years, and the first elected in 25. Jones has a 41% approval rating, with 36% disapproving. On January 8, 2019, Jones was one of four Democrats to vote to advance a bill imposing sanctions against the Syrian government and furthering U.S support for Israel and Jordan as Democratic members of the chamber employed tactics to end the United States federal government shutdown of 2018-2019. In September 2019, after the launching of an impeachment inquiry by the Congress against President Trump, Jones urged caution on the part of the media and his colleagues because his experience with the law had led him to believe that it was “very unlikely there’s going to be an absolute smoking gun on either side.” He stated his support for “fact-finding ” by the house, only after which he would make a decision about Trump’s guilt.
Some of the committees that Jones has been assigned include the following:
|Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs||Subcommittee on Economic policy,
Subcommittee on Transportation and Community development,
Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and investment.
|Committee on Health, education, Labor, and Pensions.
|Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security,|
|Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental affairs.
|Subcommittee on Federal Spending oversight and Emergency management.|
|Special Committee on Aging|
Trump Impeachment Trial
On February 5, 2020, Senator Doug Jones announced that he will vote to convict President Donald Trump on both articles of impeachment. According to CNN Doug was among a handful of senators whose vote was still in question on the verdict of Trump’s impeachment trial, which will come to an end with a vote on Wednesday that’s all but guaranteed to end in an acquittal.
The Senate will vote at 4 p.m. ET for each of the two articles of impeachment that include abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The outcome which is a foregone conclusion: Senate Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the chamber, and so far no Republicans have said they will vote to remove the President from office. A two-thirds majority is required for conviction.
However, the final vote tally is an open question, with a handful of senators who have not said how they are voting. Doug Said in a statement explaining how he will vote, “After many sleepless nights, I have reluctantly concluded that the evidence is sufficient to convict the President for both abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.” The acquittal vote will mark the end of history and whirlwind four-month impeachment proceedings that began in Septemeber with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing the inquiry into the President amid allegations he had withheld US Security aid while pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his Son Hunter Biden. The House made Trump the third President to be impeached in December by passing the two articles of impeachment without Republican votes.
Doug Jones is married to Louise New. The couple was married on December 12, 1992, and they have three children. Jones is a member of the Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook for more than 33 years. Jones’ father died of dementia on December 28, 2019. Jones serves on the Advisory Board of the Blackburn Institute, leadership development and civic engagement program at the University of Alabama.