Bob Schuler, who had held the 7th Senate District since 2003, was unable to run again in 2010. Jones and former Representative Michelle Schneider were looking to replace him. However, Schuler died in June 2009, almost a year before the 2010 primary. The Senate Republicans had to appoint an interim senator to serve out the rest of Schuler's term. Among those who were named as potential appointees were Jones, Schneider and former Representative Tom Brinkman. Jones was chosen to be appointed to the Senate.
In 2010, Jones won the primary over Schneider by over 8,000 votes. She handily won the general election in 2010.
For the 128th General Assembly, Jones was appointed Vice Chair of the Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee. She was also a member of the Insurance, Commerce and Labor, Government Oversight, and Health, Human Services and Aging Committee. The senator was also recently appointed to the newly formed, six member bipartisan Budget and Planning Commission, which is tasked with exploring long term solutions to Ohio's budget challenges.
In the 129th General Assembly, Senate colleagues have chosen Jones to serve as the Senate majority whip. Senate President Tom Niehaus also named Jones as a member of the Senate Rules and Reference Committee; Energy and Public Utilities Committee; Finance Committee (as vice chair); Health, Human Services and Aging; and Insurance, Commerce and Labor. She is also a member of the Controlling Board; the Joint Legislative Committee for Unified Long-Term Services and Supports; the Legislative Service Commission; and the Warren County Transportation Improvement District.
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