State Senator Rick Jones was first elected to the Michigan Senate in November 2010 to represent the residents of the 24th District. He was re-elected for a second term in November 2014.
Jones received a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and Executive Leadership Training from Central Michigan University. He received further training from the F.B.I. (Executive Leadership Training), the U.S. Department of Treasury (Crisis Management Training), and the U.S. Department of Justice (Correctional Leadership Training).
Rick Jones was elected by his Senate colleagues as Assistant Majority Caucus Chair. He servew as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, vice-chair of the Senate’s Regulatory Reform committee, and as a member of the Families, Seniors, and Human Services, Health Policy, and Insurance Committees.
Jones began service in the Legislature after being elected in 2004 to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2004 representing residents of Eaton County in the 71st District. He was reelected in 2006 and 2008. While in the House, Jones served on the House’s Judiciary and Regulatory Reform committees and as minority vice-chair of the House Military and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security Committee.
Prior to his election to the House, Jones worked 33 years in law enforcement, serving more than 30 years with the Eaton County Sheriff Department. He started as a deputy and worked his way up through the ranks as sergeant, lieutenant, and captain before being elected sheriff in 2000.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND AFFILIATIONS
Jones sits on the Eaton Community Hospice Board, the Durand Union Station Railroad Board and the Michigan Special Olympics Board. He delivered Meals-On-Wheels to shut-ins for 10 years, and volunteers with Area 8 Special Olympics. He is a 20-gallon donor with the Red Cross and a fundraising-events volunteer for Woldumar Nature Center. Jones was a construction volunteer for the Imagination Station and Playground of Dreams, community playgrounds in Potterville and Eaton Rapids.
He is a member of Grand Ledge Rotary, American Legion S.A.L Post 42, and Eaton County Farm Bureau. Jones has also been an active participant in charity events: Crop Walk, Relay for Life, and Walk for Warmth.
Rick Jones has been awarded the Service to Children Award from the Eaton County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council, the “Very Involved Person” Award from the Greater Lansing 100 Club for volunteer work, as well as appreciation awards from the Dimondale Lions, the Olivet Rotary, and the American Legion. He received the Charlotte Community Excellence Award for volunteer work from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and was awarded Eaton County Sheriff’s Award for Bravery.
Jones was also named the 2013 Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police “Legislator of the Year” and the 2012 Michigan Drug Court Professionals “Legislator of the Year”.
Rick has been married for 40 years to Charlene. They have two children, Kate and Charlie, and four grandchildren. They live in Grand Ledge, where they are active members of the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church.