Jay Jones (politician)

Jerrauld Jones (born March 14, 1989, in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American politician and attorney serving as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 89th district.[1] In July 2020, Jones announced his candidacy for attorney general of Virginia in the 2021 election.[2]

Jay Jones
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Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 89th district
Assumed office
January 10, 2018
Preceded byDaun Sessoms Hester
Personal details
Born (1989-03-14) March 14, 1989 (age 32)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
RelativesJerrauld Jones (father)
EducationCollege of William and Mary (BA)
University of Virginia (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website

Early life and educationEdit

Jay Jones was born in Norfolk to Jerrauld Jones and Lyn M. Simmons. He is the grandson of Hilary H. Jones, Jr. (an attorney and civil rights pioneer in Norfolk)[3] and Corinne D. Jones (a Norfolk school teacher) and Charles and Margaret Simmons, who were tenured professors at Norfolk State University and Hampton University, respectively.

He attended Norfolk Collegiate School and graduated in 2006. Jones then went on to attend the College of William & Mary as a William & Mary Scholar. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and history.[3] During college, Jones served as a legislative intern for Paula Miller in 2009.


After college, Jones spent two years in New York as an associate with Goldman Sachs, where he focused on risk management and credit rating advisory, focusing on natural resources and technology companies. He then returned to Virginia and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2015. While in law school, Jones interned in the office of Algie Howell.

Jones serves on several boards in Hampton Roads, and is a lifelong member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception.[4]

He is a partner with the law firm of Bischoff Martingayle P.C.

Virginia House of DelegatesEdit

On February 13, 2017, Jones announced his candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates,[3] running for the same seat his father held from 1988–2002. On June 13, 2017, Jones won a contested Democratic primary to become the Democratic nominee for Virginia's 89th district.[5] On November 7, 2017, he defeated Libertarian candidate, Terry Hurst, to become the Delegate-elect for the 89th district[6] and sworn in on January 10, 2018. He succeeded Daun Hester.[7][8][9] Jones ran for reelection unopposed in the 2019 election cycle.[10] Jones was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee at the beginning of his second term. In September 2019, Jones endorsed Cory Booker in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries.[11]

2021 Virginia attorney general electionEdit

Jones is a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 2021 Virginia Attorney General election.[2]

Electoral historyEdit

Date Election Candidate Party Votes %
Virginia House of Delegates, 89th district
June 13, 2017[12] Primary Jerrauld "Jay" Jones Democratic 5,242 66.19
Joe W. Dillard Democratic 2,678 33.81
Daun Sessoms Hester did not seek re-election
November 7, 2017[13] General Jerrauld "Jay" Jones Democratic 16,541 84.49
Terry Hurst Libertarian 2,944 15.04
Write Ins 97 0.5
November 5, 2019[14] General Jerrauld "Jay" Jones Democratic 14,397 96.19
Write Ins 571 3.81


  1. ^ "Bischoff – Martingayle  » Jerrauld C.C. "Jay" Jones". bischoffmartingayle.com. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Schneider, Gregory. "Norfolk Del. Jay Jones announces bid for Democratic nomination for Virginia attorney general". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-07-25.
  3. ^ a b c "Jerrauld 'Jay' Jones To Run For 89th Delegate". New Journal and Guide. February 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "About Jay Jay Jones for Delegate". jayjones.vote. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Jay Jones wins big in 89th House District Democratic primary". The Virginian-Pilot =. 13 June 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Jones wins Virginia House of Delegates 89th District". The Virginian-Pilot. November 7, 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  7. ^ 2017 election results for 89th district at Virginia Public Access Project site
  8. ^ Virginia Elections Database: district 89 at Virginia Department of Elections site
  9. ^ 89th district: Elections. Virginia Public Access Project site
  10. ^ "Virginia Election Results". The New York Times. 2019-11-08. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  11. ^ lowkell. "Virginia Del. Jay Jones (D-HD89) Endorses Cory Booker for President; Booker Plans Trip to Virginia "In the Coming Weeks."". Retrieved 2019-11-10.
  12. ^ "2017 June Democratic Primary". Results.elections.virginia.gov. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  13. ^ "2017 November General". Results.elections.virginia.gov. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  14. ^ "Virginia Election Results: November 5, 2019". The Virginia Public Access Project. Retrieved 2019-11-08.