Charles D. Jones is a native of Lake Providence, Louisiana and an honor graduate of G. W. Griffin High School and Southern University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Economics. Senator Jones received the Juris Doctorate Degree from the Southern University Law Center. He completed the course work for Masters of Law LLM from the University of Illinois and is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law at the National District Attorney’s School in Chicago. Senator Jones is also a graduate of John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received his Master of Theology from the United Theological Seminary and Bible College in Monroe, Louisiana (Dr. Robbye D. Williams, President). He is the first African American Assistant District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District Court in and for Ouachita and Morehouse Parishes.
Minister Charles D. Jones is the Assistant Pastor of the Lone Wa Worship Center, Monroe, Louisiana. He is the author of “7 Prayer Commands: A Response to The Voice of God,” a visionary, statesman, humanitarian and a former member of the Louisiana Legislature and the first African American State Representative for District 17 in Monroe, Louisiana. He is the first African American State Senator in District 34 in the State of Louisiana. He served for twenty-eight years, where he passed legislation to put prayer back in Louisiana schools, passed a bill to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent crimes. He served as counsel for co-defendant in a national known, high profile case of the State of Nevada versus O. J. Simpson and C. J. Stewart. He served as lead counsel for the Southern University System to stop the merger of Southern University with LSU and Grambling with LA Tech. The consent decree resulted in 200 million dollars for these historically black universities. Senator Jones was recognized by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) as Legislator of the year in the United States. He is the founder of the Louisiana Center against Poverty in Lake Providence, Louisiana where he provided tens of thousands of meals for poor people in northeast Louisiana. Senator Jones, as chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus was the lead negotiator in the settlement resulting in the desegregation of the Louisiana Judiciary’s District Courts, Appeal Courts and the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
Senator Jones worked closely with former President William J. (Bill) Clinton to whom he hand delivered a tri-state empowerment zone plan to ameliorate poverty in the lower Mississippi Delta – Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. He was instrumental in getting more than 40 million dollars to build E.A. Conway Hospital (now University Health) in Monroe, Louisiana, which treats over 100,000 poor people annually. He authored legislation that created the Louisiana Delta Community College and passed legislation and secured appropriation to build the Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum. Charles D. Jones authored and passed the only anti-apartheid legislation in Louisiana, prohibiting Louisiana utility companies from importing uranium from South Africa. He authored and passed the legislation creating the Monroe Downtown Development District and the Southside Economic Development District. Senator Jones is a husband, father and grandfather. Most of all, he is called by the Most High God to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.