Sen. Shannon Jones
Senator Shannon Jones represents the 7th Senate District, encompassing all of Warren County and portions of Butler and Hamilton Counties. Throughout her time in the legislature, Senator Jones has earned key leadership posts and a seat at the table on the significant issues of the day including those that impact the health and safety of Ohio's families, children, and communities – her true passion.
Prior to becoming a member of the state senate, she was twice elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, serving from 2007 to 2009 where she was elected by her colleagues to serve as Assistant Majority Whip. Her time in the senate has been distinguished by key leadership roles including Chair of the Energy and Public Utilities Committee, Chair of the Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the powerful Finance Committee. During the 129th General Assembly, Senator Jones was elected by her colleagues to serve as Majority Whip of the Senate.
This legislative session, Senator Jones was appointed Chair of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee where she can continue her efforts to make Ohio a healthier state. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and is a member of the Medicaid Committee, the Insurance Committee, the State and Local Government Committee, and the General Government Finance Subcommittee. Known for her thoughtful and knowledgeable commitment to policy, Senator Jones continues to delve into complex issues that support families and keep children healthy and safe.
Senator Jones has a vast knowledge of healthcare policy as is evidence by her many contributions to Ohio's healthcare industry through initiatives that streamline and modernize Ohio's Medicaid program while focusing on quality health outcomes. She is
passionate about the creation of patient-centered initiatives that reduce costs and improve patient care, with an emphasis on Ohio's vulnerable and critically-ill children, women and the elderly.
As Chair of the Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee last session, Senator Jones traveled across the state to learn more about Ohio’s abysmal infant mortality epidemic. Her commitment to celebrating more first birthdays resulted in the creation of a uniform and streamlined process for investigating infant deaths. Her work also established a safe sleep education program as well as a policy to ensure each newborn will have a safe place to sleep upon discharge from Ohio's hospitals. Senator Jones is determined to continue to push for policies aimed at reducing the number of infant deaths. As such, she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Commission on Infant Mortality and remains a leader in this important policy discussion.
Senator Jones has accomplished much in her time in the General Assembly. Her commitment to child safety, for example, resulted in a common-sense law requiring booster seats for children, saving kids from preventable, life-threatening injuries. Senator Jones continues to educate parents about the importance of child safety and often conducts car seat demonstrations and bike helmet fittings throughout her district. With her keen eye towards complex policy matters, Senator Jones has been made a go-to person on technical utility matters. Having shepherded significant legislation on electric utility restructuring during her tenure in the House, she was asked to take a similar leadership role in the senate on such matters by serving as Chair of the Energy & Public Utilities Committee in the 129th General Assembly. In that capacity she sponsored landmark legislation to update Ohio’s oil and natural gas drilling laws for the first time in several decades, paving the way for the safe development of Ohio’s abundant shale resources in eastern Ohio.
Senator Jones is widely recognized as a leader in her field. Senator Jones has been the recipient of many awards for her work in the legislature, most notably commending her leadership and engagement in healthcare policy. In 2014, she received the Public Health Guardian Award from the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners recognizing her positive impact on public health including her work on vaccines, health awareness and infant mortality. Senator Jones was presented with the 2014 Children’s Health Champion Award by VOICES for Ohio’s Children and named a Champion for Infants for her work fighting Ohio’s abysmal infant mortality rate. In addition, the Dayton Business Journal included Senator Jones in the “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Dayton” in the Miami Valley Region in 2014.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Senator Jones and her husband of 21 years, Russell, live in Clearcreek Township where they are raising their two children, Jacob (16) and Anna (11,), who attend Springboro Community Schools (GO PANTHERS!). The Jones family attends Saint Mary’s Parish in Franklin and are avid Cincinnati Bengals fans. You can catch the Senator before home Bengals games tailgating with family and friends at the stadium.