Candidate Details

Doug Jones

AL - Senate

Doug Jones is running for the U.S. Senate to represent Alabama in the December 12, 2017 special election. The seat is open due to the resignation of Jeff Sessions to become U.S. Attorney General. Jones was born and raised in Fairfield, Alabama. His first job after law school was working as staff counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee for former U.S. Senator Howell Heflin (D-AL). He then worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney before practicing law at a private firm. In 1997, President Bill Clinton appointed Jones as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, which includes Birmingham, the state’s largest city. As U.S. Attorney, he gained national attention for prosecuting two members of the KKK for their role in the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. Jones returned to private legal practice in 2001. On the campaign trail, he has been outspoken about his belief in science and that Alabama needs to build a clean energy economy. In the Senate, he’ll be a strong ally for climate action.