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James Jones Has Traveled Far but Still Calls Capitol Hill Home | Life After Congress

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Jones first came to D.C. in the 1960s.

Jones ran for Senate in 1986, but lost to Republican Don Nickles. The offers from local and national law firms started rolling in afterward and Jones chose Dickstein Shapiro.

“I had it narrowed down to one national firm and one local firm. At the time, it was strictly a Washington firm. I chose them because I believe a lot in chemistry. If you like the people you work with, you like going to work,” Jones said.

He then succeeded former Roll Call owner Arthur Levitt as the CEO and chairman of the American Stock Exchange. In 1993, Jones was tapped by President Bill Clinton to be his top envoy to Mexico, and he served in that capacity through June 1997. He remembered one of Lyndon Johnson’s admonitions to the White House staff and spouses the night before the 1969 inauguration. “If a president ever calls, be that Democrat or Republican, and he says he needs you to do something, you do it,” Jones recalled Johnson saying.

He returned to New York as the president of retail supply company Wamaco and shortly after, he started a private equity fund in New York with two other businessmen and launched software company GlobeRanger in 1999. The company provided various kinds of logistics, tracking and warehouse management.

A subsidiary of the firm became ManattJones Global Strategies and uses Jones’ ties with Mexico to assist major corporations with developing markets in Latin America.

He was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and nominated chairman of the World Affairs Councils of America in 2004.

Jones continues to represent Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner whose expertise spans a broad range of industries.

And Jones and his wife are in their 40th year as homeowners of a “unique 1949 Capitol Hill farmhouse” that they continue to call their second home.

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