MONDAIRE JONES is an American attorney and politician from the state of New York. He is the Demcratic Representative, elected in the 2020 election to represent New York’s 17th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jones was born in Nyack, New York, and grew up in Spring Valley, New York, where he was raised by a single mother. After his mother became ill, Jones lived with his grandparents, who worked multiple jobs to support him. He graduated from public schools in the East Ramapo Central School District. He earned his B.A. from Stanford University in 2009 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2013,
Jones worked in the U.S. Department of Justice during the presidency of Barack Obama. He also worked for Davis Polk & Wardell, as a law clerk for Andrew L. Carter Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and for the Westchester County law department. Jones also provided pro bono legal aid through The Legal Aid Society.
Jones announced his candidacy for the Democratic primary to represent New York’s 17th congressional district in the 2020 elections against incumbent Representative Nita Lowey, who later announced that she would not seek re-election. He was endorsed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and remained supportive of Israel. He advocated for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and police reform.
In an eight-way primary race, Jones defeated attorney Adam Schleifer and New York State senator David Carlucci, among others, with 44.6% of the vote before absentee ballots were counted. While absentee ballots were still being counted, the Associated Press called the race for Jones on July 14, 2020, stating that Jones’s current lead with the number of absentee ballots already counted was insurmountable by his opponents. Since district is overwhelmingly Democratic, Jones was considered the presumptive Representative-Elect.
Jones came out as gay when he was 24. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Spring Valley.