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Sen. Doug Jones [D, AL]


Doug Jones was born in 1954 in Fairfield, Alabama, to Gordon and Gloria Jones. His father worked at U.S. Steel and his mother was a homemaker. Growing up during the 60's and 70's, Jones developed a belief in civil rights and equal protections for everyone. Jones graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science in 1976 and earned his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1979. He began his career by working as staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for the late Sen. Howell Heflin from Alabama. Jones then worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1980 to 1984 before resigning to work at a private law firm in Birmingham, Alabama from 1984 to 1997.


President Bill Clinton announced on August 18, 1997 that he was appointing Jones as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. In January 1998, Eric Rudolph bombed the New Woman All Women Health Care Center in Birmingham. Jones became responsible for coordinating the state and federal task force in the aftermath, and advocated for Rudolph to be tried first in Birmingham before being extradited and tried in Georgia for his crimes in that state, such as the Centennial Olympic Park bombing.


Doug Jones won the Democratic primary for the US Senate special election for 2017, and then won an upset victory in December 2017.


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