A sixth-generation Texan, Elizabeth Ames Jones is the immediate past Chairwoman of the Texas Railroad Commission, our state's energy oversight agency, which is known the world over for its common sense regulation of Texas energy industries.
In 2000, Elizabeth stunned the political establishment by beating an entrenched incumbent and winning election to the Texas House of Representatives by a landslide. During her service in the House, Jones quickly rose through the Republican ranks to become one of Texas' preeminent conservative leaders and the first woman elected to a leadership position in the House Republican Caucus.
With Elizabeth as a House leader, the Legislature passed major lawsuit reform, hailed as "ten-gallon" tort reform by Forbes Magazine. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Jones was on the front lines of the fight to close a $10 billion budget shortfall without raising taxes and cutting actual state spending for the first time since World War II. And Elizabeth proudly defended the rights of the unborn and elderly Texans throughout her service in the House.
Impressed by her conservative leadership and grasp of energy issues, Governor Perry appointed Elizabeth to the Texas Railroad Commission in 2005. The following year, she won election to a full term in an overwhelming statewide electoral victory.
Jones is widely recognized as one of the nation's foremost experts on energy issues. Her commentaries on energy security and responsible use of America's natural resources have been featured by Fox Business, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
Jones has received numerous awards for her work ethic and her conservative leadership, including being named a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" by the Texas Association of Business.
Elizabeth is also known for her tireless work in the Legislature to create the Texas Cord Blood Bank, a public- private partnership established to provide potential life-saving treatments using umbilical cord blood, donated by parents after the healthy delivery of their baby, for those stricken with life threatening diseases.
An outdoorsman, Elizabeth is a proud steward of our natural resources. Recognizing her expertise in coastal issues, Governor Perry appointed her to the Coastal Land Advisory Board. For her common sense conservation efforts, Jones received the "Woman of the Land" award from the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation in 2010.
An accomplished shooter and hunter, Jones is a staunch defender of our 2nd Amendment liberties. She is a fiscal hawk who tirelessly advocates limited government, personal responsibility and returning power back to the states and people as mandated in the 10th Amendment.
Just as her own parents raised her to draw enduring strength from her faith in God, Elizabeth and her husband have instilled the same values of faith, family and respect for life in their own children.
A native of South Texas, Elizabeth is a 1978 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She and Will, her husband of 27 years, are the proud parents of 2 grown children.