Mondaire Jones

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Mondaire Jones
Born (1987-05-18) May 18, 1987 (age 36)
Nyack, NY, USA
CitizenshipUnited States
  • B.A.
  • Juris Doctor
Alma mater
  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University
  • Attorney
  • Politician
Political partyDemocratic

Mondaire Jones (Born May 18, 1987) is an American attorney and politician from the state of New York. He is a Democratic candidate in the 2020 elections seeking to represent New York's 17th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Early life and education

Jones was born in Nyack, New York, and raised in Spring Valley, New York, by a single mother.[1] After his mother became ill, Jones was partially raised by his grandparents, who worked multiple jobs to support him.[2] He graduated from public schools in the East Ramapo Central School District.[3] He earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 2009 and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 2013.[4]


Jones worked in the United States Department of Justice during the presidency of Barack Obama.[5] He also worked for Davis Polk & Wardwell, clerked for Andrew L. Carter Jr.,[6] and for the law department of Westchester County.[7]

Jones announced his candidacy to run in the Democratic Party primary election for the United States House of Representatives to represent New York's 17th congressional district in the 2020 elections against Nita Lowey. Lowey later announced that she would not seek re-election.[7]

Jones has advocated for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and police reform.[8][9]

Personal life

Jones is openly gay.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] Jones is a member of the First Baptist Church of Spring Valley.[18]


  1. Woodson, A. J. (December 23, 2019). "Mondaire Jones Interview". Black Westchester Magazine. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  2. Ratan, Kira, For Mondaire Jones, politics is personal, retrieved 2020-06-27
  3. Lieberman, Steve. "Nita Lowey faces challenger from the left: Mondaire Jones, progressive Democrat, announces 2020 run". The Journal News. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  4. "Mondaire Jones Holds Big Lead In Race To Take Over Nita Lowey's Congressional Seat". White Plains Daily Voice. June 24, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  5. "The black, gay Harvard grad taking on Nita Lowey". CSNY. October 7, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  6. "Can Mondaire Jones Make History In NY17?". The River. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "From Washington to Westchester: the Obama Justice Department fellow running for Lowey's seat". Jewish Insider. May 13, 2020. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  8. Deconstructed (2020-06-25). "Deconstructed Podcast: The Rise of the Left (With Mondaire Jones)". The Intercept. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  9. "Can Mondaire Jones Make History In NY17?". The River. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  10. Fram, Alan. "As Democratic party leaders age, progressive black politicians take stage". Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  11. Ruiz, Michelle. "Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones Are Poised to Make LGBTQ+ History in Congress". Vogue. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  12. CNN, Gregory Krieg. "A new face of the Democratic Party emerges: Black progressives". CNN. Retrieved 2020-06-26. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  13. "Two Democratic Candidates Poised To Become the First Openly Gay Black Congressmen". Time. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  14. Rosa, Amanda (2020-06-25). "What We Know After the Primaries". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  15. Daniel Strauss (2020-06-24). "Long lines and delayed results: key takeaways from the latest US primaries". the Guardian. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  16. Manchester, Julia (2020-06-24). "The Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives feel momentum after primary night". TheHill. Retrieved 2020-06-26.
  17. Meyerson, Harold (2020-06-25). "The Revolt of the Cities—Again". The American Prospect. Retrieved 2020-06-26.

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