Mondaire Jones is a long-time advocate for racial, economic, and environmental justice. At 19, he was elected chair of a committee on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors. He then worked in the Obama administration within the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Jones worked as an attorney in Westchester County’s Law Department and co-founded the non-profit Rising Leaders, Inc., which teaches leadership skills to underserved middle-school students. He is also a board member of Yonkers Partners in Education.
In Congress, Jones will fight for a Green New Deal, prioritize a just transition to 100% renewable energy and equity for frontline communities, drive strong international action on climate change, and combat deforestation and preserve our oceans. He is also committed to serving his district by replacing the decommissioned Indian Point Power Plant with renewable energy sources. Jones is one of the first Black openly LGBTQ members of Congress.
Jones joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of retiring Representative Nita Lowey, who earned a 94% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In his own words:
“From the start, I’ve said that a Green New Deal is my number one legislative priority because if we don’t have a planet to inhabit, the rest of the issues I’ve been discussing are truly academic. We need more people in Congress who understand the urgency of climate change, and I’m honored to fight to ensure a livable future and climate justice for all.”
Source: LCVAF Press Release