Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Representative Jones Re-Elected Minority Leader

House Republicans today re-elected Representative Bradley H. Jones, Jr. to a fourth two-year term as Minority Leader of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Jones, a North Reading native, has served as Minority Leader since 2002.

“I am very anxious to get working on what I am sure will be a very challenging legislative session. I am honored that my colleagues have entrusted me to lead them through the tough economic and fiscal times our state is facing,” said Representative Jones. “There is a lot of work to be done and I am looking forward to moving the Commonwealth in the right direction by encouraging fiscal responsibility on Beacon Hill.”

Jones was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. He was recently elected to his ninth term and continues to maintain his perfect voting record. Representative Jones has cast 4,603 consecutive roll call votes and hasn’t missed a single vote in his 14 ½ years in the Legislature.

“I take representing my constituents very seriously. I believe an elected official has no more important job than voting and ensuring their constituents are represented on each and every vote,” said Representative Jones.

While Representative Jones anticipates a busy legislative agenda, he says he is focused primarily on the state of the economy, fiscal responsibility and cleaning up Beacon Hill, while maintaining local aid to our communities. Jones plans to make rebuilding the Republican Party a key focus during the next two years as well.

“The continuous mismanagement of taxpayer dollars throughout several of the state’s agencies, combined with multiple cases of unethical behavior have helped cast a dark cloud over Beacon Hill. As Minority Leader, I will continue to work with each and every member to restore the public’s confidence in elected officials while simultaneously pushing my colleagues to be fiscally responsible in these hard economic times.”