Chairmen of the House Budget Committee

Rep. James Jones




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.

Chairman of the House Budget Committee: January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1985
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From the Council of american Ambassadors
James R. Jones
Ambassadorial Post
Mexico, 1993 – 1997

James R. Jones served as the US Ambassador to Mexico from 1993-1997. He had been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the American Stock Exchange since 1989. Presently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Manatt/Jones Global Strategies in Washington.

He began his career in 1961 as a legislative assistant to Congressman Ed Edmondson (D-Okla.). Ambassador Jones was a Deputy Special Assistant and Appointments Secretary to President Johnson (1965-1969). He practiced law and worked as a business development consultant in Tulsa (1969-1973). Mr. Jones was a member of Congress from Oklahoma (1973-1987). He was Chairman of the House Budget Committee (1981-1985); the Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee (1985-1987); and the US-Japan trade task force (1977-1980). Mr. Jones also served as a member of the Ways and Means Committee (1975-1987), and Deputy Majority Whip (1975-1977).

He was a partner in the Washington law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin (1987-1989). Ambassador Jones also was Chairman of the American Business Conference and a Director of several organizations, including the American Red Cross, Regional Plan Association, Overseas Development Council, Maxwell School at Syracuse University, the New American Schools Development Corporation, Committee for a Responsible Budget, US-Japan Leadership Council, the Japan Society, Committee for Economic Development, the American Council for Capital Formation, Bryce Harlow Foundation and Albert Northeast.

Ambassador Jones is Chairman of Meridian International Center and National Chairman of the World Affairs Councils of America, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Georgetown. Ambassador Jones was an Army captain from 1964-1966. He has written articles on trade and economic issues in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other publications.

Other Links

James R. Jones at Wikipedia
James R. Jones Biography archived from the Council of American Ambassadors
“Why LBJ Bowed Out”, Los Angeles Times, March 8, 2008
Appearance on C-SPAN

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