Jones was the representative for Alabama’s 5th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1976.
He was previously the representative for Alabama’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1965 to 1972; the representative for Alabama’s at-large district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1964; and the representative for Alabama’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1947 to 1962.
Jones is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1976 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Jones sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 1, 1976. See full analysis methodology.
Jones was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 13124 (94th): Hazardous Materials Transportation Act Amendments
- H.R. 9398 (94th): A bill to amend the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to extend the authorizations for a 3-year period.
- H.R. 13308 (94th): A bill to amend the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 to extend the authority of the Secretary of Transportation with respect to war risk insurance.
- H.R. 9771 (94th): Airport and Airway Development Act Amendments
- H.R. 12545 (94th): An Act authorizing additional appropriations for prosecution of projects in certain comprehensive river basin plans for flood control, navigation, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 12193 (94th): A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to increase the authorization for the National Study Commission.
- H.R. 11645 (94th): A bill to amend the act of October 19, 1965, to provide additional authorization for the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building.
Does 11 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Jones sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (25%) Government Operations and Politics (22%) Water Resources Development (13%) Environmental Protection (12%) Economics and Public Finance (10%) Labor and Employment (8%) Taxation (6%) Energy (5%)
Some of Jones’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 15829 (94th): A bill to amend the Federal-aid Highway Act of 1976 to insure ...
- H.R. 15760 (94th): Federal-Aid Highway Act Amendments
- H.R. 15731 (94th): Federal-Aid Highway Act Amendments
- H.R. 15636 (94th): A bill authorizing the construction, repair, and preservation of certain public works ...
- H.R. 15570 (94th): Hazardous Materials Transportation Act Amendments
- H.R. 15440 (94th): A bill to amend section 409 of the Interstate Commerce Act to ...
- H.R. 15443 (94th): A bill to amend the Interstate Commerce Act, to grant additional authority ...
From Feb 1947 to Oct 1976, Jones missed 814 of 6,072 roll call votes, which is 13.4%. This is worse than the median of 8.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1976. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills