|Name||William L. "Bill" Jones|
Fresno, California , United States
|| December 20, 1949
Apr 14, 2015 06:50pm
Conservative - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Civil Unions - Anti-Gay Marriage - Anti-Sugar Subsidies - Pro School Vouchers - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Life - Pro-Tort Reform - Protectionist -
|Info||State assemblyman, 1982-1994; Republican Assembly leader, 1991-1992; Secretary of State, 1994-2002. |
Bill Jones, former California Secretary of State, was first elected to the California Legislature in 1982. He represented the 29th Assembly District, which includes portions of Fresno and Tulare Counties.
A native of California, Bill graduated from California State University , Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness and Plant Science. He is a partner in his family ranching business near Firebaugh, in western Fresno County.
Bill's numerous civic activities include service on the Board of Directors of the Fresno County and City Chamber of Commerce, the CSU Fresno Trust Council, the Fresno Metropolitan Museum Steering Committee and former Chairman of the Fresno County Republican Central Committee.
Bill is a dedicated familyman who lives in Fresno with his wife
Maurine, a Fresno Unified School District Junior High School
teacher, and their two daughters, Wendy and Andrea.
Author of AB 971, the "Three Strikes and You're Out" crime bill, which is the toughest crime legislation passed in California since the death penalty. It is strongly supported by nearly 70% of the state voters.
Bill's commitment to excellence in public service was quickly recognized in 1983 when he was honored as "Legislative Rookie of the Year" by the non-partisan California Journal.
In a 1992 evaluation of all 80 Assembly Members, the same publication ranked Bill 2nd in integrity, and 10th overall.
Elected Minority Leader of the Assembly in 1991-1992.
As Minority Leader , Bill led the fight with Governor Wilson for the successful 1991 reapportionment strategy that ended the Democrat gerrymander and established fair and competitive legislative districts for the first time in 30 years.
Six year member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on State Administration, responsible for the fiscal oversight of the office of Secretary of State.