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Outgoing Del. Chris Jones urges Appropriations Committee cooperation

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Retirements and election losses have cost the House of Delegates’ Appropriations Committee a century and a half of budget-writing experience, outgoing chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, told the panel’s annual retreat Tuesday. And, as he himself prepares to leave office after losing his House seat to Democrat Clinton Jenkins, Jones said “there’s going to need to be a lot of holding up your colleagues.”

VaNews November 20, 2019


'Our job is to protect the pocketbook' - outgoing Virginia House budget chairman cautions delegates

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, opened his final budget retreat Tuesday with a warning to members of a committee that will convene in January with nine new faces, a steep learning curve and a towering responsibility.

VaNews November 20, 2019


Republican powerhouse Chris Jones falls to Clinton Jenkins in newly redrawn district

By MARIE ALBIGES AND JONATHAN EDWARDS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

A Democrat who lost a city council election in 2014 defeated one of the most powerful Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday. Clinton Jenkins beat Del. Chris Jones, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee who was first elected to represent Suffolk and part of Chesapeake in 1997.

VaNews November 6, 2019


House Budget Leader targeted as he faces a challenger for the first time in 14 years

By MARIE ALBIGES, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

One of the most powerful Republicans in the House of Delegates is campaigning in a newly drawn district favorable to his Democratic opponent. Del. Chris Jones, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was first elected to represent Suffolk and part of Chesapeake in 1997. He easily beat a handful of opponents in the early years of his House career, but no one had run against him since 2005. Now he faces a challenge Nov. 5 from Clinton Jenkins, a Democrat

VaNews November 2, 2019


This Va. House race should be an easy pickup for Democrats. It’s not shaping up that way.

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The path for Democrats to take control of the Virginia legislature runs through the Food Lion parking lot here and directly into Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy. Republican Chris Jones has owned the shop since he was a boy-wonder vice mayor who wore sneakers at Suffolk City Council meetings, rising to mayor and then state delegate. Today, at 61, he’s one of the most powerful lawmakers in Virginia.

VaNews October 19, 2019


Del. Jones Closing Local Pharmacy

By TRACY AGNEW, Suffolk News Herald

Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy owner S. Chris Jones has decided to close his business after 34 years. Jones, 61, told his 17 employees in an emotional meeting on Monday night, he said Thursday afternoon. Storeclosing signs went up in the windows of the store, located on Bridge Road in the Food Lion shopping center, later in the week, and many customers were sad to learn the news.

VaNews September 17, 2019


Va. House Democrats target top GOP leaders Cox, Jones with digital ads

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Virginia House Democrats said they will spend $90,000 starting Tuesday for digital ads targeting two top GOP leaders, including Speaker of the House Kirk Cox. Cox, R-Colonial Heights, and Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, are in re-election fights this year after court-ordered redistricting that dramatically changed their districts.

VaNews July 24, 2019


A challenger for Chris Jones emerges in Suffolk

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

In a House of Delegates district where a court-ordered change of lines yielded one of the biggest swings from strong Republican to strong Democratic, one of the most powerful legislators of all, House Appropriations Committee chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, now has a challenger. Clinton Jenkins, a Suffolk real estate agent, won the Democratic legislative district committee nod.

VaNews May 9, 2019


Del. Chris Jones to run again in what is now a Democratic-leaning district

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, will run for re-election in a House of Delegates district that will favor Democrats after being dramatically redrawn by the federal courts.

VaNews March 25, 2019


Hampton Roads legislators played a key role in the 2019 session

By DAVE RESS, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 2 articles a month)

Hampton Roads legislators played key roles in the 2019 General Assembly’s major initiatives. Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr., R-James City County, and House Appropriations chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, were the key actors negotiating the budget.

VaNews February 25, 2019