Representative Llew Jones

About Llew Jones 

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Llew Jones, born 1962, is a candidate for reelction to House District 18. This House District is the northern 1/2 of Senate District 9 thus is an area that Senator Jones has represented in the past.  Sen. Rick Ripley and Senator Jerry Black, both previous legislators from the area, endorse Jones for this position. Jones is not new to Public Service.  He has served four terms in the Montana House of Representatives and two terms in the Senate, fulfilling various leadership roles over the years.  In addition, Jones spent six years as Alderman for the City of Conrad, served as Director and President for the Chamber of Commerce, is a founding member of the Pondera Port Authority, serves on the Board of Directors for Sweetgrass Development, and is currently one of the founding members and President of the Coalition for Common Sense Use.


 Jones’s legislative focus is on the 4 Es: Economic Development, Energy, Education, and Environmentally responsible (common sense) multiple uses of Montana public lands.  In past sessions, Jones has sponsored or cosponsored a significant portion of Montana’s fiscal policy, economic development legislation, energy legislation, and education innovation legislation.  Jones has been recognized for his Legislative work by many organizations (see Awards on right side).


Llew was born in Helena, Montana.  He was adopted by Edward and Marjorie Jones as an infant, and was raised in Conrad, Montana.   Llew grew up working on a multi-generation family sheep, cattle, and farming operation.  Llew has many stories of working in sheep camps, sleeping in old sheep wagons, lambing, calving, and farming as a youth.  He vividly remembers raking hay with old 8N ford farm tractors, farming with old Case tractors, and herding sheep on foot, and with working dogs.  He met his wife to be, Carole, when she moved to Conrad from Missoula in 1980 and they became high school sweethearts.  Llew was active in sports, student government, FFA, and Honor Society in high school, graduating as Salutatorian in 1981.  


Llew has a B.S. in Management and a Graduate Degree in Economics from Montana State University.  Upon college graduation, he and his wife returned to the family farm in Conrad so that they could have an active role in the upbringing of their three sons, Eddie, Daniel and Aaron.  They were blessed with the addition of a daughter, Dania, to their family in 2000.  Over the following years, Llew continued his education earning a number of professional certifications including: Microsoft Certified System Engineer, Certified Novell Engineer, and Certified Cisco Professional.  During that time, and with substantial help from his wife, Llew founded Jathco Systems, a successful computer consulting firm.  In addition to Jathco and the family farm, the Joneses became active in a number of other small businesses including Pure Bliss Cycles (a Honda, Yamaha, and Polaris Powersports dealership) in 2004 and Frontline Ag (John Deere dealership) in 2005.   Llew and Carole are past recipients of the Conrad Chamber of Commerce’s “Businessman of the Year” award.   A favorite saying of Llew’s is, “I never take on more work than my wife can do”.


Llew and Carole (married 35 years) have always kept family at the center of their focus irrespective of where life has taken them.  The Joneses have strict academic requirements for their children, believing that a good education is a first priority.  They have also helped their children excel in extracurricular activities.  Llew was his sons’ wrestling and baseball coach and served as President of the Conrad Wrestling Club for many years.  Llew also served as head coach and organizer for the Montana National Wrestling team.  Llew and Carole are very proud of the fact that their three sons won multiple state wrestling championships, attended Harvard and Brown Universities, and are now actively engaged in professional careers while starting families of their own.  The Joneses “focus on the family” continues with their 12th grade daughter, Dania, as Llew and Carole founded a north  central Montana gymnastics club, coach youth swimming, youth shooting sports, and were involved in youth girls’ basketball.  Llew has mused that “Working with one daughter may be more challenging than working with three sons”.  Dania has taken the family high academic expectations even further receiving her two year college Associates Degree before she graduated from High School, and is currently in Law School..


With a proven history in business, a strong family track record, and a "solutions track record" in public service, Llew is very excited about taking on the challenge of representing House District 18.  He contends that his family first focus, his strong business, economic, and educational background, and his direct business experience,  when combined with his experience as Chair of Senate Finance and Chair of House Appropriations  makes him the right choice for the Montana Legislature and House District 18.    

In 2005, as a freshman, then Representative Jones was selected as 1 of the 5 most effective Legislators in Helena.  From 2005-2013, Senator Jones was responsible for both sponsoring and passing a significant portion of key legislation on economic development,  tax reductions, family protection, and student achievement.  

In 2005 Representative Jones reduced the taxes on natural resource development and enhanced the ability to do meat processing in Montana. In 2007, Rep. Jones, reduced taxes on numerous forms of energy production, reduced taxes on energy transmission, and provided tax relief for property owners that had transmission lines built on their property.  In 2009 he passed Legislation  that reduced frivolous lawsuits on energy development, and passed legislation to protect families by requiring that photos of sex offenders be listed. In 2011 through 2013, Senator Jones carried and passed legislation that enhanced local control in education, mitigated explosive development impacts, and froze fast growth areas of property taxes.   In 2015 through 2017 Senator Jones passed numerous key pieces of historic legislation. Two outstanding examples: 1) Montanan’s coal trust can now partner with local school districts to provide a stable base for educational infrastructure.   2) Montana will now have a “rainy day” fund that will protect Montanans from painful swings in the economy, such as the 2008 recession.   In 2019 Representative Jones passed historic legislation entitled the Advanced Opportunities Act that empowered money to follow the students involved in CTE and other advanced credit options outside the School brick and mortar.   In addition, Representative Jones repealed the unreasonable tax burden placed upon local stripper oil well producers, created a loan repayment program to encourage teachers to locate in rural areas, protected local government services from unreasonable  tax protests, and created a study committee to designed to begin addressing the rapid growth in property tax.    In 2021, Representative Jones enhanced election integrity by removing a Governor’s authority to modify elections without legislative approval, enhanced fiscal responsibility by limiting Executive Authority to spend emergency dollars without legislative approval, enhanced student opportunities for Career Tech Education at Community Colleges, increased wages for first year teachers, provided incentives for employers to upskill train their employees, supported water and sewer infrastructure across Montana, and, as Appropriations Chair,  carried and passed a fiscally responsible budget for all of Montana. 




Throughout this period, Senator/Represenatative Jones's "solution approach" kept Montana in the black, kept Montana's credit score high, helped our K-12 education system achieve its current high rating, reduced state employee FTEs by 400 plus, and facilitated Montana's growth.


Senator/Representative Jones has little use or tolerance of those that come to Helena intent upon making political points while not  solving problems, " My constituents sent me to Helena to solve problems, to find solutions, to work to make this state better.   It is my job to put my conscience and constituents first.  I have little use for those that wish to hold a "pity party of no"." 


2021
Representative Jones Chairs House Appropriations

-Recognized as Montana Chamber Champion of Business
-Top Ranked by the Montana Farm Bureau
-Chosen as Montana’s Representative on the International Study of Highest Performing Education Systems. 


2019
Representative Jones Chairs Education Appropriation
                Jones also Vice Chair of House Appropriations
--Recognized a Champion of Business by Montana Chamber
--Top ranked by Montana Contractors
--Top Ranked by Montana Farm Bureau
--Received High Rankings for supporting property rights, the family, and shooting sports (NRA)


2017

Senator Jones Chairs Senate Finance and Claims. 
--Recognized as Champion of Business by Montana Chamber.

--Received the Montana Medicine Residency Director's Award for supporting Montana Doctor Residency Training.

--Was top ranked by Montana Contractors

--Received High Rankings for supporting property rights, the family, and shooting sports (NRA).


2015

Senator Jones Chairs Senate Finance and Claims. 

--Recognized as Champion of Business by Montana Chamber.

--Received Windmill Award from Montana Farm Bureau for support of Agricultural issues.

--Received top rankings by Montana School groups for supporting student opportunity

--Was top ranked by Montana Contractors


2013
Senator Jones is elected to leadership as Majority Whip. Senator Jones scores:
​-- 100% on the Montana Contractors Report Card
-- 100% for his support of private property rights from the United Property Owners of Montana
-- 90 % support for the interests of the Montana Family Foundation
-- 100% for his support of Montana Higher Education on the University Scorecard.
-- 100% for his support of  student Achievement via the Montana School Board Association and Rural 
Education 
report card.

2011
Senator Jones received the Montana Rural Education Association (MREA) 2011 Legislative Leadership Award.  Senator Jones received a
-- 100% from the Montana Federation of
Independent Businesses

-- supported the interests of the Montana Family Foundation 100 percent
-- received an Endorsement from the Right To Life of Montana Association
-- "A" from the Montana Shooting Sports Association

2009
Champion of Business: Montana Chamber of
Commerce
.  Representative Jones
-- supported the interests of the Montana Chamber of Commerce 100 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana Family Foundation 100 percent
-- received an Endorsement from the Right To Life of Montana Association
-- received an Endorsement from the National Rifle Association

2007
Champion of Power: Montana Electric Cooperatives Association.
-- A+ from Montana Stockgrowers Association
-- A+ from Montana Business Leadership Council
-- supported the interests of the Montana Chamber of Commerce 100 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana Family Foundation 100 percent
-- Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Montanans for Multiple Use's position, Representative Jones received a rating of 83.
-- Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all
Congressional candidates in 2008, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned a grade of A.
-- received an Endorsement from the National Rifle
Association


2005
Representative Jones
-- supported the interests of the Montana Stockgrowers Association 100 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana National Federation of Independent Business 90 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana Chamber of Commerce 91 percent
-- supported the interests of the Montana Family Foundation 100 percent
-- Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Montanans for Multiple Use's position, Representative Jones received a rating of 87.5.
-- Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all state legislative candidates in 2006, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Representative Jones a grade of A.