Former Legislator James Jones Dies

Former Legislator James Jones Dies

PIERRE, S.D. – Former South Dakota legislator James H. ‘Jack’ Jones of Miller died Wednesday, May 21.

Jones, 87, served from 1987 to 1988 in the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at the Capitol on the day of Jones’ funeral, Tuesday, May 27.

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3 Replies to “Former Legislator James Jones Dies”

  1. Troy Jones

    First, we are not related. I met him while working for Governor Mickelson. We had some conversation as he knew my grandfather who had died before I was born.

    Representative Jones was remarkable among his colleagues in his aura of just enjoying the day. Nothing seemed to make him happier or sad. He was just at peace.

    Also, he was a man of contemplation. If you talked to him, he listened, thanked you for sharing your thoughts, and kept listening and contemplating. As he listened to speeches, you could see him thinking. And then he voted.

    To some degree, he wasn’t an “effective” legislator if you consider effectiveness shaping legislation or actively moving legislators to his position.

    But, in another way he was most effective. More than once, I heard a Senator ask “how did Jones vote (when the bill originated in the House)?” It was an ultimate compliment. Jack Jones had a reputation of thinking about a bill and all of its ramifications. For being a quiet Freshman, that was a huge accomplishment.

    Rest in Peace Representative Jones. I would have been very proud to have you in my family.

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