Jerry H. Jones

Jerry H. Jones (born June 13, 1939) is an American political aide who served as White House Staff Secretary from 1974 to 1977 during the Ford Administration.

Jerry Jones
White House Staff Secretary
In office
May 1974 – May 1975
PresidentRichard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded byBruce A. Kehrli
Succeeded byJames E. Connor
Personal details
Born (1939-06-13) June 13, 1939 (age 82)
Lamesa, Texas, U.S.
EducationHarvard University (BA, MBA)

Early life and educationEdit

Jones was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas, the son of two ranchers.[1] He played football in high school until an injury ended his career. As a junior, he was accepted to a summer program at Phillips Exeter Academy and eventually graduated from the school. Jones earned a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.[2]


After graduating from business school, Jones worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York City. Jones later moved to Chicago to establish a small business, but lost it during the Nixon shock.

Through a friend from business school, Fred Malek, Jones helped restructure the White House Presidential Personnel Office during the Nixon Administration. Jones then worked for Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign. After the campaign, Jones returned to the Personnel Office amid the Watergate scandal. Jones became White House Staff Secretary in May 1974, and remained in the position upon the recommendation of Alexander Haig after Nixon resigned. The records Jones maintained during his tenure as Staff Secretary are housed at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.[3][4] For the remainder of Ford's tenure as president, Jones served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Scheduling and Advance.[5]

Jones later worked as Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld under President George W. Bush.[6]


  1. ^ "Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  2. ^ "Jerry Jones". Gerald R. Ford Foundation. 2013-05-30. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  3. ^ Times, John D. Morris Special to The New York (1973-12-29). "Federal Panel Bids White House End Hiring Role". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  4. ^ Times, Anthony Ripley Special to The New York (1974-10-13). "Carton of Haig's Files Was Removed From White House but Was Returned Sealed". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  5. ^ "Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  6. ^ "White House Staff, Cabinet & Administration". Gerald R. Ford Foundation. Retrieved 2020-05-26.