B. Todd Jones

Byron Todd Jones (born May 23, 1957) is an American lawyer who was the seventh director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and is chief disciplinary officer of the National Football League (NFL).[2][3] He twice served as United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota.[4]

Todd Jones
B. Todd Jones official portrait.jpg
7th Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
In office
August 31, 2011 – March 31, 2015
Acting: August 31, 2011 – July 31, 2013
Nominated byBarack Obama
Preceded byKenneth Melson (Acting)
Succeeded byThomas Brandon (Acting)
U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota
In office
August 7, 2009 – August 24, 2013
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byRachel Paulose
Succeeded byAndy Luger[1]
In office
May 1998 – January 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byDavid Lillehaug
Succeeded byThomas Heffelfinger
Personal details
Born (1957-05-23) May 23, 1957 (age 63)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Spouse(s)Margaret Samanant
EducationMacalester College (BA)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Unit1st Marine Division insignia.svg 1st Marine Division

Early life and educationEdit

Jones' official photo as an assistant US Attorney

Jones attended Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.[5] He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College in 1979 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983.[citation needed]


After his schooling, Jones joined the U.S. Marine Corps and went on to serve as an infantry officer with the 1st Marine Division. Jones later became a judge advocate as both a trial defense counsel and prosecutor. He left active duty in 1989. From 1992 to 1994 and 1997 to 1998, Jones served as an assistant U.S. Attorney.[6]


Jones became acting director of the ATF on August 31, 2011, following the resignation of Kenneth E. Melson in the aftermath of the ATF gunwalking scandal.[7]

On January 16, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Jones to serve as permanent director of the ATF. Due to opposition from gun rights lobbies, the ATF had not had a permanent director since the position was made subject to U.S. Senate approval in 2006.[8]

On July 31, the Senate confirmed him as head of the ATF.[9] On March 20, 2015, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced Jones will depart to pursue opportunities in the private sector, with his resignation to become effective on March 31, 2015.[citation needed]


On March 23, 2015, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced to team owners that he was appointing Jones as the league's new chief disciplinary officer. Goodell announced his creation of the position in December 2014 after a series of player suspensions. The officer oversees investigation of player misconduct and any discipline that results from those investigations.


  1. ^ Luger confirmed as Minnesota’s next US attorney
  2. ^ Ken Belson, "N.F.L. to Hire B. Todd Jones, A.T.F. Director, as Disciplinary Officer", The New York Times, March 23, 2015; accessed March 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "Former ATF director B. Todd Jones calls NFL post 'a dream come true'", The Star Tribune, January 26, 2016; accessed May 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "B. Todd Jones Confirmed as ATF Director". ATF. July 31, 2013. Archived from the original on October 10, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Shesgreen, Deride (2013-05-27). "Wyoming grad, candidate for ATF caught in confirmation fight". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved June 3, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Walsh, James. "About B. Todd Jones". StarTribune. Retrieved July 19, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Serrano, Richard A. (August 30, 2011). "Kenneth Melson, who oversaw ATF's Fast and Furious, steps down". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 19, 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Browning, Dan (January 16, 2013). "U.S. Attorney for Minnesota B. Todd Jones nominated as ATF director". StarTribune. Retrieved January 17, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "B. Todd Jones wins Senate approval as next ATF chief". UPI. Retrieved August 1, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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