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Robert E. Jones, Jr.
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama

In office
January 28, 1947 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by John J. Sparkman
Succeeded by Ronnie Flippo
Constituency 8th District (1947-1963)
At-large (1963-1965)
8th District (1965-1973)
5th District (1973-1977)
Personal details
Born Robert Emmett Jones Jr.
(1912-06-12)June 12, 1912
Scottsboro, Alabama
Died June 4, 1997(1997-06-04) (aged 84)
Florence, Alabama
Political party Democratic

Robert Emmett Jones Jr. (June 12, 1912 – June 4, 1997) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from the 8th district of Alabama. He was the last to represent that district before it was removed as a result of the 1970 United States. Presently there are seven U.S. House districts in Alabama.

Early life[]

Congressman Robert Jones and Wernher von Braun review a huge map illustrating the layout for a Research Institute at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. (1961)

Wernher von Braun's 50th Birthday Party was celebrated at the Officers Club at Redstone Arsenal on March 23, 1962. Dr. von Braun cuts his birthday cake while Congressman Bob Jones looks on.

Robert Emmett Jones Jr. was born on June 12, 1912 in Scottsboro, Alabama in Jackson County. He attended public schools and the University of Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama law department on January 7, 1937, and was admitted to the bar the same year. His early years saw much legal work in Scottsboro. Jones was elected judge of Jackson County Court in July 1940 then reelected in absentia in May 1945 where he served until October 1946. Jones served in the United States Navy as a gunnery officer in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters from December 1943 until February 1946.[1]

Congressional career[]

Jones first entered the United States Congress by special election in 1947 when he was elected as a Democrat to the seat vacated by John Sparkman who had been elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1949, he actively supported the Housing Act of 1949, and played a key role in Section V of the bill which provided money for rural farm housing. He also supported the renewal of the act in 1961.[2] He advocated legislation that led to the Federal Highway Act of 1956, which helped create the modern interstate system. Having been a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education, he voted against HR 6127, the Civil Rights Act of 1957.[3] He also voted against the 1960 and 1964 Civil Rights Acts.[4] Jones was an advocate for the economic development of north Alabama, and supported military, NASA, and Tennessee Valley Authority projects in his district. Jones served as Chairman of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee.[1] Jones served 14 consecutive terms until his retirement on January 3, 1977.[5] Jones was not a candidate for reelection in 1976. His papers are housed at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.[6]

Achievements[]

Among his legislative achievements was his principal sponsorship of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972. He was also instrumental in passage of the 1965 Appalachian Regional Development Act.[5]

Honors and memorials[]

Bob Jones High School in Madison, Alabama, is named in his honor, as is the Bob Jones Bridge over the Tennessee River in his native Scottsboro.

After Congress[]

Jones died June 4, 1997 in Florence, Alabama.[1][7]

References[]

External links[]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Sparkman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 8th congressional district

1947–1963
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's at-large congressional district

1963–1965
all representatives elected at-large on a general ticket
Succeeded by
District inactive
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 8th congressional district

1965–1973
Succeeded by
District inactive
Preceded by
Walter Flowers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th congressional district

1973–1977
Succeeded by
Ronnie Flippo
Political offices
Preceded by
John Blatnik
Minnesota
Chairman of House Transportation Committee
1975–1977
Succeeded by
James J. Howard
New Jersey

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