Senator Doug Jones has spent his life working to make Alabama a better place. He was born in Fairfield in 1954, to a U.S. Steel worker and a stay-at-home mom. He grew up in Alabama during a period of great change, and played a critical part of helping the state and her people overcome some of their darkest days. His early years forged his values and a deep sense of responsibility to treat everyone with dignity and respect. As a product and life-long resident of the state, Senator Jones represents the best qualities of what it means to be an Alabamian.
The Senator grew up during the tumultuous era of the desegregation of Alabama’s public schools. But from childhood, he was drawn to both leadership and to fighting for what was right. He also found a love for politics and organizing. Through volunteering – campus affairs at Alabama, a statewide campaign to modernize Alabama’s court system, and Young Democrats – the power of one, determined young person became clear to him. He later served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama beginning in 1997. It was while serving in this position that Senator Jones successfully prosecuted two of the four men responsible for the 16th street church bombings - finally getting justice for the four little girls after more than 30 years. Along with taking on the Ku Klux Klan, he prosecuted terrorists like Eric Rudolph, and many others who sought to use fear, hatred, and violence to inhibit the rights of others.
Senator Jones took that same passion with him when he ran in the 2017 Special Senate Election in Alabama and became the first Democratic senator elected from the state in 25 years. He understands that public service is a privilege that comes with the responsibility of making the country better for all Americans, not just those who look like us or agree with our politics. He will continue to fight for every Alabamian in the Senate to increase affordable access to healthcare and to make sure that every child has access to a quality education regardless of what zip code they live in.
Washington D.C. – It was announced today that Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) has been appointed to the following four Senate Committees: the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; and, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging.
"It is a tremendous honor to be given the opportunity to serve on these four important Senate committees," said Senator Jones. "These assignments provide me with an avenue to begin working for the people of Alabama on issues such as creating long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program and ensuring our nation’s safety from those who would do us harm. I am also looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to protect programs that our seniors and middle-class Americans depend on."