Matt Jones is a proven leader committed to working collaboratively and finding new solutions to create good jobs for the people of Colorado. Having twice survived cancer, Matt knows how to face adversity, keep hope and find solutions to come back stronger.
Senator Jones was elected to the State Senate in 2012. In 2011, Jones returned to the legislature in 2011 as a Representative after winning the election for House District 12, which includes Lafayette, Louisville, and south Longmont. He previously served three terms in the state House from 1987 to 1993 where he also served in leadership.
A former pro mogul ski competitor, Matt’s career has followed his passion for the outdoors including work planning trails, developing new open space projects and occasionally going out to fight a wildfire. But the experience of seeing his friends and neighbors struggle, lose jobs and live in uncertainty--and of being given another chance after surviving a second cancer--motivated him to return to the Capitol to use his life lessons to help our state come back stronger. To create good jobs in Colorado, strengthen and fund education so our kids can compete in a global marketplace and continue to protect this beautiful place we all call home.
Because he understands the majority of new jobs are created by small businesses, then Rep. Jones sponsored a bill in his first year to set up the Small Business Navigator, a single point of contact to help local businesses cut through state red tape, get access to resources, and help create more jobs.
Senator Jones is passionate about protecting Colorado’s environment and natural beauty. He knows that we can create jobs locally by making smart decisions about energy use and generation. During his first stint in the legislature, he pioneered energy conservation “performance contracting” legislation that created jobs, saved money for schools and local governments, and reduced air pollution. Today, Longmont saves $160,000 and Lafayette $110,000 every year using these energy-saving contracts.
Matt is the son and grandson of teachers, he has been a consistent advocate for small class sizes that allow kids more direct attention from their teachers, and he worked to help more kids afford college by passing a bill that allows them to consolidate their student loans and save money. During the 2011 budget debate, he stood up against special-interest tax giveaways and was part of a bipartisan solution that preserved $90 million for K-12 classrooms and stopped cuts to Smart Start school breakfasts for eligible students.
Senator Jones knows how to face adversity, keep hope and find solutions to come back stronger. He approaches every day at the Statehouse with that same solution-oriented determination so that east Boulder County residents can achieve their dreams through a world class education system, a meaningful job, and a beautiful environment.
Senator Jones lives in Louisville with his wife, Shari. Their daughter, Jessica, recently graduated from college.