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Edith H. Jones

Edith H. JonesAKA Edith Hollan Jones

Born: 7-Apr-1949
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Judge
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Grew up in San Antonio, TX. Worked for the private practice Andrews, Kurth, Campbell & Jones in Houston, TX, from 1974 to 1985, specializing in bankruptcy law. General Counsel for the Republican Party of Texas, 1981-83. Nominated to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by Ronald Reagan in 1985. Chief Justice William Rehnquist's appointee to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, 1995-97. Currently serves on the board of directors for the Boy Scouts of America.

Jones has twice come up on the short list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court, first under George H.W. Bush and in 2005 under George W. Bush, though some have said that she may swing too far to the right to be approved by the senate. She has long advocated toughening bankruptcy law and expediting capital punishment decisions. In 1997, she wrote an opinion nullifying a federal ban on machine gun possession. While she concurred with the decision to reject Norma McCorvey's 2005 petition to overturn Roe v. Wade, Jones stated that she considered the original ruling an "exercise of raw judicial power."

Father: (Texan)
Mother: (Pennsylvanian)
Husband: Woody (lawyer, partner at Andrews, Kurth, Campbell & Jones, m. 1974, two sons)
Son: (d. car accident)

    High School: Alamo Heights High School, San Antonio, TX (1967)
    University: BA Economics, Cornell University (1971)
    Law School: JD, University of Texas School of Law (1974)

    US Appeals Court Judge, 5th Circuit Chief Judge (2006-)
    US Appeals Court Judge, 5th Circuit (1985-)
    Texas Republican Party General Counsel (1981-83)
    Andrews & Kurth Partner (1982-85)
    Andrews & Kurth Associate (1974-82)
    Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors
    Order of the Coif
    State Bar of Texas


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