Bill Jones: Biography
Businessman, Farmer, Legislator
Bill Jones, Republican nominee for Secretary of State, was first
elected to the California Legislature in 1982. He currently represents
the 29th Assembly District, which includes portions of Fresno and Tulare
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
of 23 years Maurine, a Fresno Unified School District Junior High School
teacher, and their two daughters, Wendy, 19 and Andrea, 16.
Honesty, Integrity, Strong Effective Leadership
Author of AB 971, the recent "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.
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