Ray Jones grew up in Virgie, Kentucky. He graduated from Virgie High School. He went on to graduate with high honors from Eastern Kentucky University, and obtained his law degree from the University of Louisville in 1994. After graduation from law school he came home to Pike County, serving as Assistant County Attorney, and President of the Pike County Bar Association. He is in the private practice of law in Pike County.
Ray is the son of Ray and Linda Jones, a funeral director and beautician. He is the grandson of the late Rev. Monroe and Nora Tackett Jones, and the late Challie and Mary Elkins Lucas
Ray is married to Dr. Paula Ashby Jones, a family physician who grew up on Johns Creek. They are the proud parents of 3 children; Grayson, Lauren and Lawson.
Ray is a member of the First Baptist Church of Pikeville. He has a strong pro-family voting record. He is a life member of the NRA, is an NRA certified firearms instructor. Ray holds an “A+” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Ray Jones knows that as State Senator his number one responsibility is to work to help create new jobs. Since becoming State Senator Ray Jones has brought back more than $2.2 billion dollars to the 31st Senate District for roads, water, sewer and the infrastructure necessary to support the creation of jobs. Public investments intended to help existing small businesses create jobs.
Ray is leading the way to help raise Kentucky's minimum wage
Those who have lost their jobs in the coal industry have a friend in Ray Jones. While continuing to fight for eastern Kentucky coal Ray supports retraining out of work coal miners.
Ray Jones has fought to return 100% of the severance tax to the coal counties, and has fought to protect scarce severance tax resources from frivolous spending.
Ray Jones, the grandson of a union coal miner, has been a strong advocate for coal jobs and coal miners, and is proudly endorsed by the United Mine Workers' of America (UMWA).
Ray Jones grew up in Pike County, and went through the Pike County public schools. He understands the importance of education, and has children in the public school system. He has fought to protect public school funding, and has helped obtain tens of millions of dollars for new school construction. He has been endorsed by the Kentucky Education Association (KEA).
Ray Jones has been a champion for working Kentuckians, and has consistently fought efforts to reduce the rights of Kentucky workers, and has opposed efforts to pass right to work legislation and to repeal Kentucky. He has been endorsed by the United Steelworkers (USW), the Kentucky State Building Trades, the Tri-State Building Trades Unions, and the Kentucky Professional Firefighers.